Article on the Zone by GSCNNDISCLAIMER: The focus of this article is on life inside the Zone, not the politics surrounding it.Article on the Zone by GSCNN by MouseDenton
The most dangerous place on earth--filled with aggressive wildlife, radiation, environmental hazards, otherworldly catastrophes, and constant violence--doesn't sound like a popular destination. But for many Eastern Europeans, the potential riches of Chernobyl Exclusion Zone outweigh the risks.
On April 26, 1986 in Ukraine, reactor 4 of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant exploded after a botched safety procedure. Though the Soviet Union scrambled to contain the disaster, radiation was thrown thousands of miles across Europe, and within 36 hours the surrounding area was unconditionally evacuated.
But what seemed to only be the worst nuclear disaster in human history changed science and our understanding of the natural world forever on April 12, 2008, when a second catastrophe seemed to rip a hole in reality, creating what is now simply called "the Zone."
This second event turned the irradiat