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12 nuclear tourism destinations

By: Laura Moss on Jan. 9, 2012, 9:24 a.m.
The skyline of Pripyat with Chernobyl Power Station on the horizon.

Photo: Eamonn Butler/Flickr [CC by 2.0]

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The site of the worst nuclear disaster in history became a tourist attraction in 2011 when the Ukranian government deemed the radiation risks “negligible.” On April 26, 1986, a nuclear reactor at Chernobyl exploded, spewing out 400 times more radioactive fallout than the Hiroshima bomb. After the disaster, a highly contaminated area within a 30-mile radius of the reactor was sealed off until last year. Today, visitors can tour parts of Chernobyl, view the sarcophagus built over the plant, feed catfish in the nuclear plant’s cooling pond, and possibly tour the town of Pripyat where radiation levels are still relatively high.