So where is Chernobyl and what happened there?
Chernobyl is a city in northern Ukraine that has been abandoned since 1986 due to a well-known nuclear accident of catastrophic proportions that is referred to as the Chernobyl Disaster. Although Chernobyl is largely uninhabited, there are still a small amount of people that live in the general area. There are also some personnel of the Zone of Alienation (the 30 km/19 mi exclusion zone around the site of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor disaster is administered by a special administration) that are stationed around the city. Before the Chernobyl Disaster, the city had about 14,000 residents.People with an interest in the world’s biggest civilian nuclear disaster can visit the Chernobyl power plant starting in 2011. The Ukrainian government hopes to attract tourists in order to bring some money into the economy. Where tourists are allowed to go, how long they may stay, and what they eat while visiting Chernobyl will be carefully controlled. After the Chernobyl Disaster, it was uncertain how contaminated the surroundings were, and so the authorities declared an arbitrary distance from the reactor to be off-limits to people. Researchers later found that some areas within the Chernobyl exclusion zone contained only low levels of radiation.