October 7, 2008

Irradiated giant helicopters and vehicles at Rassorva, Chernobyl (Chornobyl, Чорнобиль ) region, Kyiv Oblast, Ukraine

Contaminated Vehicles from the Chernobyl nuclear plant disaster at Rassorva.
Twenty years after the nuclear accident at Chernobyl, many of the contaminated vehicles used in the clean-up operation remain in graveyards in the vast exclusion zone around the reactor.

For 20 years, rows of vehicles have sat awaiting a final solution, the largest graveyard being at Rassokha, 25km south-west of the power plant. The fire engines that went to the power station on the night of the explosion have long since been buried in huge trenches. But others can still be found rotting into the ground.

Many of the trucks have had their engines and wiring removed, despite the fact that they are contaminated. Most vehicles' bonnets stand open.The relics serve as a silent reminder of the world’s worst nuclear accident.

coordinates : 51°09'16.16"N 29°58'57.41"E
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  1. Those are some great pictures. I particularly like the first one showing the scale of the yard. Seem a bit of waste of metal though.

  2. what a gigantic copters!!!!!

  3. Where are the people whom operated those vehicles?

  4. WOW Thats huge
    thanks for posting up these

  5. Unfortunately it has all be removed, quite recently, 2005 if I remember correctly (a Polish friend visited).