When Chernobyl's reactor No. 4 exploded on April 26, 1986, huge amounts of radiation spread over northern Europe, forcing the evacuation of hundreds of thousands of people and creating major health issues for those in the area. The "exclusion zone," a 30-mile radius space, was sealed off and visitors were prohibited.
All that is changing, though, as the Ukrainian government has officially opened tours to groups. A spokeswoman for the Government's Emergency Situation Ministry, Yulia Yurshova, told the Wall Street Journal, that tours of Chernobyl and the surroundings areas already welcome roughly 6,000 visitors a year, albeit illegally.
Yershova told the Associated Press in December that experts were developing tour routes that were medically safe and informative. "There are things to see there if one follows the official route and doesn't stray away from the group," she said. "Though it is a very sad story."
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A visitor takes pictures at monument for dead firemen in the city of Chernobyl on February 22, 2011. Ukraine's Emergency ministry started organized official tourist tours to Chernobyl nuclear power plant and the 30-kms zone around it that remains un-inhabited until now. . (SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images)
A visitor takes pictures of portraits of former Soviet leaders in the ghost city of Prypyat, near Chernobyl nuclear power plant. (SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images)
A visitor walks at an abandoned hotel in the ghost city of Prypyat, near Chernobyl nuclear power plant. (SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images)
Journalists and visitors stand in front of the memorial for the Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster victims on February 22, 2011 as the sarcophagus covering the destroyed 4th power block of Chernobyl's nuclear power plant is seen in the background ahead of the 25th anniversary of the meltdown of reactor number four due to be marked on April 26, 2011. (SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images)
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