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SLEEPING INSIDE CHERNOBYL EXCLUSION ZONE (are we crazy?)

SLEEPING INSIDE CHERNOBYL EXCLUSION ZONE (are we crazy?)
so if you missed our last video you might think that we are kind of

crazy

for

sleeping

and the

exclusion

zone

and we're not convinced that we're not

crazy

too but we've been told it's safe it does now seem likely that sometime in the last couple of days there's been perhaps the worst accident in the short history of the world's nuclear power industry the accident was at

Chernobyl

a town of around 50,000 people about 50 miles due north of Kiev in Ukraine the accident he was referring to was the explosion of nuclear reactor number 4 it forced everyone within 30 kilometers to leave everything and evacuate due to the deadly radiation released into the air it killed thousands and eventually affected millions of people 33 years later

Chernobyl

and the surrounding towns are mostly abandoned and frozen in time in our last video we spent the entire day exploring different locations inside the

exclusion

zone

where this tragedy happened so this is what measures the level of radiation so you kind of are always exposed to like some level of background radiation in your life we're putting on boots long pants long sleeves so we've just entered the 30 kilometer

exclusion

zone

which inside of the 10 kilometer

exclusion

zone

I'm getting less radiation next to reactor 4 then I would be on an airplane it's one of the most highly contaminated areas unlike most tourists who come see it for the day we won't be leaving tonight we're saying it's the...
sleeping inside chernobyl exclusion zone are we crazy
only private hotel inside of the

exclusion

zone

I had no clue you do this the rest ramesh shower I just feel so good to be in a t-shirt I've had to wear long sleeves and long pants since we've been here it's been about 90 degrees today time for dinner for dinner we're having what looks like Asian chicken with rice with dill on top of course because we're in Ukraine and a salad but also has Dylan especially considering we're inside the

exclusion

zone

so one of the interesting things that we've learned today is that none of the water in this town runs underground for fear of contamination so instead all of the usable water is pumped above-ground and so like as you're driving down the road you'll just see these big silver pipes that you have to pass under and that's pretty much the water system for the town there's one right here at our hotel I'm just hanging out outside because I feel like trapped when I'm in there but based on the lights that I can see in some of the windows it looks like we might be the only people here so probably the most interesting thing about staying at this hotel is that there's a curfew so after 10:00 p.m. we're not allowed to leave and they literally lock us in using this gate so in 1 hour and 45 minutes our freedom will be taken away so we were given these geiger counters which measure the amount of radiation that your body's exposed to we are pretty much in the kiev city centre and...
sleeping inside chernobyl exclusion zone are we crazy
it's measuring point 1 1 so we're experiencing the same amount of radiation

sleeping

here tonight as we would in the kiev city centre according to this device so we put all of our trust but at the same time the people that work here do like 15 day shifts so they only stay for 15 days and then they leave for 15 days we've heard it's like more of an old rule that's just more precautionary now like there used to be a lot more radiation than there is now but then they just never changed there are a hundred people that still live in

Chernobyl

and there's thousands of people that come here and work every day so surely one night really choked I don't think that happens it is day 2 in

Chernobyl

and we both slept surprisingly good with the dogs barking and the beep of the radiation alarm website copy was strong this morning covering up our bodies and we are ready for another night if anyone was wondering what a convenience store looks like inside

Chernobyl

they have ice cream cones souvenirs coffee mugs and a lot of is I never see anybody using a calculator like that okay we have just re-entered the ten kilometer

exclusion

zone

and we are on our way back to previa this telephone sign right here is this exact telephone sign with this mosaic and this building being behind these trees this is the amusement park that never actually opened the explosion happened on April 26th and this was due to open on May 1st so there are just a few rides that never got to...
sleeping inside chernobyl exclusion zone are we crazy
be enjoyed apparently the ferris wheel used to be completely stable like the cables held everything in its place but someone recently came and broke one of the cables so now when the wind blows it kind of moves and creaks this is starting to be because apparently after the explosion the helicopters that were flying around it would use this as like a landing area so a lot of radiation is here they've repaved it to try to cover some of it up but it's obviously still here just around the corner from the amusement park it was kind of like a Sports Complex so this is the swimming pool we just saw the boxing ring and like a gymnastics vault like you as a town and now it's just empty it's just mind-blowing but it's really like getting to travel back in time like you're seeing a town that's like frozen in 1986 impressed with how good the hardwoods held up what are you doing it's old so this was pre pets public pool and I think the craziest thing about this is it actually wasn't closed till 1996 which was 10 years after the accident so there were workers living here trying to clean it up and they actually wanted to move people back into Pripet eventually it was an initiative started by the Soviet Union and then when the Soviet Union collapsed I turned it over to Ukraine who eventually ran out of money so this forest that we're in right now was like the main road with the school you would never know so apparently during the Cold War the...
kids at the school would learn how to use these gas masks at school but unfortunately when the explosion happened the kids weren't here and so none of them got to be used what's

crazy

is they were learning how to use these for the threat of like a nuclear bomb like from someone else but not because of something that was happening in their backyard the nuclear reactor I think schools make me the most sad like obviously there are endless reasons why this whole situation is a tragedy but like I used to be a teacher and I love kids and I think this is the place where I can really picture like how many people were affected by this and like uprooted from their lives like they had no idea that they would never be back here so this whole area that we're walking in now is where they were storing equipment that was used to clean up Trey Noble so it's all very highly radioactive especially the moss the radioactive particles like absorb into the moss and are just stored there we were literally standing in a radioactive graveyard but we have our tents our USB sticks there making sure we don't get too much radiation so they believe that this call behind us was actually used to clean up the area around reactor four and this is by far the most radiation that we've seen tonight at this point the most we've seen is ninety and like the Kyiv city center it's point one and this is 500 so should we be worried about standing this close to something that's so...
just standing two meters away we're already down to 16 so we're not experiencing that much radiation but it's still

crazy

to see I feel weird even like breathing this close to it but we've been told that as long as I'm not like sitting inside of it or touching it so we set a record yeah it's

crazy

our guide so that's the most radiation that the Geiger counter has ever registered when he's been holding it yeah okay I think I'm done here oh yeah this room is just filled with a bunch of antique versions of these radiation monitors that we're wearing around our neck let's head downstairs we're in an old apartment right now elevators out of order we are climbing to the roof this 16 story apartment building to get a view head over the entire city this somebody's room maybe this really just gives you some perspective of just how many people were affected by the disaster coming up here and getting a view over the entire town you can say numbers but like this for some reason like really puts it in perspective for me like it's just so like symbolic like the town and then boom it's all just deserted and then there's just like nothingness if you look in the direction of Belarus we're only 15 kilometers away from the border right now so this is the hospital where the firefighters were brought after they responded to the explosion and after they got here all their clothes were super contaminated so they just took them...
all off threw them down in a room in the basement and they're still there to this day it's one of the most highly contaminated areas in all of trinova that was like for me like one of the most iconic scenes from the HBO documentary basements walked off it's contaminated I wouldn't want to go there anyway that's

crazy

so this would have been like a piece of the firefighters helmet that somebody has brought up from out of the basement and it's super radioactive so this was the entrance to the basement right here and because it was so radioactive they've taken sand and just like completely closed it up so no one can get in that's so loud right in my ear we're driving through the red forest again it's

crazy

it's just like that one area nowhere else on the road does it send the alarms off like that we're having lunch at the same restaurant where all the people who work at the batplane it's like a buffet style so you get a tray but instead of like picking what you want you just get one of everything there are no choice so the official use of dew god this giant metal thing was a missile detection system that was used by the Soviet Union but apparently there are a lot of theories that it was used for many other things as well there's a lot of secrecy around there's no way you can appreciate how giant this thing is so apparently the Soviet Union built this giant military base here but disguised it as a pioneer camp which is...
like the Boy Scouts then when they built this huge satellite that they couldn't hide they said it was like a giant radio station that could reach really really far but what's

crazy

is that no one knows to this day what it is or what it did before which is kind of scary it hasn't worked since the explosion and now we're going to the control room the better student so far our last stop we are going to visit someone who has resettled into the

Chernobyl

exclusion

zone

they're one of the few people that live here full-time but we don't want to show up empty-handed so so nice to meet you Courtney 585 can you ask him if he goes like to the doctor to get like checkups he said the laboratory came here and check everything and he and everyone knows that about the kidney so the rookie Busey pay anything to live here our planet as a dumb choose electric chest literally just well you upload you take a commission you know so the same for the electricity they pay they have this special devices like the rest people in Ukraine and they pay for electricity here on this with each other Eva was out I feel the love thank you thank you thank you it's possible well they were incredibly kind they have these giant squashes that are like bigger than a pumpkin like this big you told me they get this big oh I didn't understand what you I thought the point was like this place isn't radioactive but the squash is right outside of the house where they're living...
it's registering 0.11 which is pretty much exactly what it was registering in the city center of Kiev so technically the guy was 85 years old he looked like he was in pretty good health for 85 it's been living in the

exclusion

zone

for the last 86 24 33 years I mean they're pretty much living off the grid here right they're heating the house with wood they're growing all their own food the grid wow what a day the car will be checked like separately put with us least five trinova hey you don't really know if you survive until like 50 years later not funny and there's nobody in here I just noticed that I was really hot and hot all day and you want to not be hot anymore yes if you come to

Chernobyl

maybe better in like the spring fall or winter and not I do think it would set the mode to not the 90 degree heat in the summer when you have to wear long pants long sleeves and closer to juice I know you where does to get that nothing if there's a break and fall I'm a tad bit nervous every time we lay this the heat and every time we go in you for having us you love me you love me I heard it I heard it