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Kopachi - Копачі

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Hidden : 07/11/2018
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Kopachi - Копачі

The village Kopachi (Ukrainian: Копачі), located few kilometers south of the Chernobyl Plant and close to its cooling pond, lies on the road between Pripyat and Chernobyl. After the Chernobyl disaster in 1986 the village was contaminated by fallout and subsequently evacuated. It is now within the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, which ist abandoned since 1986.

After Kopachi village was evacuated by the authorities, all the houses were torn down and buried as an experiment. The only traces left of the village today is a series of mounds and a small number of surviving trees which are not part of the local native flora. Each mound contains the remains of one house and is topped by a sign with the international radiation symbol. The Chernobyl disaster highly contaminated Kopachi with high-level radioactive fallout. The kindergarten and one other brick building are the only architectural structures that remain standing, all other buildings were bulldozed.

The government did not recognize the fact that these highly-contaminated buildings and houses would seep radioactive isotopes into the water table. Burying the buildings drove radio-toxins deeper into the environment. Soil and water surrounding the former village remain contaminated with radioactive materials including plutonium, strontium-90 and caesium-137.


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