The village of Kopachi was a thriving place 30 years ago. The only trace left of this time is the kindergarten – Which was quickly abandoned when the radioactive clouds came on April 26, 1986. Let’s make an own visit to one of the Chernobyl area’s most photographed spot.
We are in a highly radioactively polluted field. Both the ground and the groundwater contain plutonium, strontium-90, and cesium-137.
The Geiger-Müller meter immediately takes a real shot when leaving the paved road.
Once there were a lot of houses here. After the disaster, a bulldozer buried everything that belonged to the village beside the kindergarten, a brick building and a monument to World War II.
The kindergarten is today one of the Chernobyl zones more documented places, thanks to its scary surroundings.
When the decision came to demolish the village, a bulldozer dug a ditch in front of each house.
Then they shoveled the house into the ditch and covered the soil to prevent the radioactive particles from spreading further with the wind.
The problem was that radioactivity penetrated further into the ground, which also made the water contaminated.
With this lesson, the kindergarten was never torn, cause it was better from an environmental point of view to leave it.