Welcome to Chernobyl

Throw caution to the wind, sign waivers and steel yourself for possible radiation if you want to visit the nuclear disaster site and its haunting surroundings

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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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on April 28, 2019, with the headline 'Welcome to Chernobyl'. Print Edition | Subscribe