CHERNOBYL AND IT'S LEGACY: TO WORK UNDER A TOXIC CLOUD. When the Chernobyl plant was shut down, it was nevertheless necessary to assure its maintenance and surveillance. Employees head off by bus to begin another day's work in a highly contaminated environment.
Chernobyl plant worker Sergei Koshelev crosses the high-radiation zone beside Chernobyl's ground zero. The concrete and lead Sarcophagus encloses the ruins of the reactor hall where the meltdown occurred. The Sarcophagus leaks and is structurally unstable. Construction workers preparing foundations for a replacement "New Safe Confinement" can hit their maximum daily dose in two to three hours. Photo: Michael Forster Rothbart
Inside Chernobyl: Haunting photos of nuclear wasteland A gas mask would have provided little protection when the Chernobyl disaster occurred on April 6, 2013. While the official casualty count stands at 31 deaths, this number has been heavily disputed due to the numerous long-term effects of radiation such as cancer and deformities.
The evacuated city of Pripyat, once brimming with life, is now a chilling ghost town. For an exiled resident, the stillness of a city boulevard stirs memories of her former life. In her hand is an old photo of the same street years earlier. [Pripyat, Ukraine 2005]Gerd Ludwig/INSTITUTE