I have developed a lasting interest in the Chernobyl disaster since discovering Elena’s photojournal. I discovered some photos taken in 1995 by GreenPeace. You should check them out and you will see that there was still some activity within the dead zone at that time.
UPDATE: Now you can tour Chernobyl and write your own story.
Here are two photos of the same entrance taken 9 years apart. The second photo was taken by Elena. The building near the gate is the residence of the town guard.
Chernobyl fascinates me both as a cautionary tale of technology used carelessly, and as a study in human nature. There is such a common tendency to cover up mistakes and minimize bad news, that it is hard to find out how much damage was done to the environment and the people of the region.
I found many different reports on the disaster by using Vivisimo, but I am not going to link to them here because they offer so much contradictory data.
I even had a visitor complain about my earliest Chernobyl post. She felt that Elena was not giving a true perspective of what happened. When I attempted to verify what happened at the moment the reactor blew, I found several stories and none corroborated the others. Until I know better, I’ll stick with Elena’s version. She does not seem to have any axes to grind or stories to hide.