Fear and excitement on a visit to Chernobyl

A vaulting Horse in an abandoned gym and a ferris wheel in Chernobyl.
A vaulting Horse in an abandoned gym and a ferris wheel in Chernobyl.PHOTOS: JOHN TAN

CHERNOBYL (UKRAINE) - The radiation meter - a Geiger Counter - bleeps frantically. It is now 24 times higher than an earlier reading taken outside the exclusion zone - 30km away.

Adding to the fear factor, the tour guide hides the meter behind her back to keep it out of our sight.

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