Nuclear disaster zone is tourist Garden of Eden

Green landscape sprouting around Chernobyl dubbed as paradise by naturalists and tourists

Chernobyl, site of the world’s worst nuclear disaster, has become a hot spot for tourists and has sprouted a green “Garden of Eden”. Nearly 20 years after a reactor at the Russian energy plant leaked a deadly shroud of plutonium over the landscape, the ghost site has become an attraction. Day trippers armed with Geiger counters take guided tours around some of the 48,000 workers’ homes that were evacuated as havoc struck. Naturalists explore the post-holocaust landscape, dubbed the Garden of Eden, that has grown around the doomed power station. Open spaces include deathly quiet parks and a fairground with a motionless ferris wheel. “Strange as it may seem people visit from all over the world,” said tour guide Yulia Marusich. Though Geiger counters register 50 times natural radiation levels, this is a tolerable level, visitors are reassured. Travel firms in Kiev charge tourists £110 for a tour of the Ukraine disaster spot. In April 1986 an explosion wrenched apart a reactor. Thousands of people are thought to have died since as a result of the radiation.

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