Chernobyl city can be scary due to April 26th 1986 accident. Some people can tell this zone has sometimes higher radiation than average, which can be true. Nevertheless, it's important to know that this zone is the least contaminated by the disaster. It's also clear Belarus remains to date the most contaminated place.
This contamination remains one of our major concern to ensure your perfect safety.
For over 10 years, we provide you with accompanied tours with official guides very aware of any potential hazards to avoid for visitors.
Our tours are everything but standard travels: they are inteded for people willing to discover that zone while being guided by professionals who guarantee respect for the place and the safety of all the participants in the trip.
Our ambition is by no means to organize sensational tourist circuits by rapturing you in front of the needle of a Geiger counter. On the contrary, our wish is to show you around the most striking places in a small group, at your own pace, while ensuring your safety at all times.
IS IT DANGEROUS?
First of all, you need to know the zone has been contaminated by Cesium 137, which has a 30-year lifetime.
In 2000, the French IRSN Institute (Xxxx) found that 30 to 40% of the quantity of Cesium 137 present in the heart of the damaged reactor was released into the environment. By depositing on the ground, Cesium 137 has long since disappeared from the atmosphere. Almost all of the deposits are found today at a small depth of 5 to 20 cm (roughly 2 to 8 inches).
What is really scary in Chernobyl is the fire. Actually, in case of fire in the forest, Cesium 137 may be released in the atmostophere. This is the reason why it is strictly forbidden to go for a walk in the forests of the exclusion zone. That's also why our guides will never ever suggest you to go over there.
The zone has also been contaminated by Iodine 131. Very active at the outset, Iodine 131 rapidly decreased: its radioactivity is divided by 1000 every 80 days.
Of course, we do not deny that radioactivity still remains present in the exclusion zone today. However, as soon as you visit a place where the rates found are above tolerated standards, you will only stay there for a limited and imposed time.
Today, the red forest remains the most contaminated in this zoe. Therefore vehicules are mandatory for passage to get to the city of Pipyat. We won't make any stop. The passage is only two to three minutes: insufficient to get contaminated.
This picture shows the measurement of a dosimeter: 0.14 microsieverts. By country standards - notably France, Belgium or Switzerland - it barely corresponds to a chest X-ray. This is the outcome of the entire trip exposure (5 days in the area and 1 day in Kiev). It even turns out to be less than a Paris/New York flight (0.25 microsieverts) or a tooth x-ray.
To guarantee your optimal safety, we have a Geiger meter at your disposal.
We have also contracted a partnership with the only laboratory in the world (French) to have developed a cream against any contamination of dust particles. It allows to decontaminate the skin (face, body, hair, scalp, etc.) having been in contact with one or more of these elements: Plutonium, Uranium, Americium, Thorium, Cobalt, Cesium, or Strontium.
The components of this cream as well as its mode and limits of use are fully detailed in a complete document available in the Customer Area.IMPORTANT
: on site, any of you can have one of these creams for those who wish to clean themselves.
Today, this cream is reserved to certain professionals as well as to civil and military nuclear installations in France, in Europe and in some other countries of the world. It is therefore not available to the general public. Obtaining the agreement of the management of this laboratory to buy tubes is thus a privilege.
WHAT ARE MILLISIEVERTS FOR?
A dose of 1 Sievert of radiation would cause the so-called "radiation fever". However, most of the radiation recorded turn out to be much lower and are in fact only evaluated in millisieverts.
1 sievert = 1000 millisievert, 1 millisievert = 1000 microsieverts.
Millisievert is a radiation protection unit that measures the dose of radiation received, whether it is radioactive or comes from other sources, such as medical x-rays. It is usually an effective dose, called a "whole body" dose; however, it can also be a dose received by a particular tissue or organ (equivalent dose).
Millisievert is the unit used for very low doses. For instance, as human, we are not very radioactive: the dose linked to the radioactivity of our body is 0.25 millisievert (or mSv). Therefore, a dose of 1 mSv (1 millisievert) should therefore not cause excessive anxiety. Health effects have only been observed above 100 mSv; and it takes doses of thousands of millisieverts to lead to lesions, potentially deadly.
Regulations generally limit the millisieverts due to other causes to 1 mSv per year for everyone. Apart from accidental situations, these doses of the third type prove to be far below this limit. For example, the dose resulting from a Paris/New York flight is 0.03 mSv while nuclear impact in France is around 0.01 mSv/year.