A Dieppe woman says it was both fascinating and educational to learn more about the world’s worst nuclear disaster in Ukraine.
Lynn Gaudet and her husband recently toured a town which was abandoned following an explosion at the nearby Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in 1986.
Gaudet says they were not only able to explore the ghost town of Pripyat – which has been eerily empty for 32 years – but they could also go inside the apartments and public facilities.
“The school for me was really fascinating. All of the books were still there and every once in a while you would find a map or the teacher’s books with all of the students marks in it.”
Gaudet says the more than 40,000 evacuated residents were only allowed to bring one suitcase with them so furnishings and many personal belongings were left behind.
While low levels of radiation are still a concern, she says they have Geiger counters available and numerous scanner-type machines have been set up to check visitors for particles.
She adds both private and group tours are available with many visitors coming from around the world.
(PHOTOS courtesy Lynn Gaudet/Facebook)