Sitting in the bus we heard the exciting announcement, we were heading to the most important part of the tour: Reactor number 4 and the power plant.
It was super busy outside so my mood went down a little.
It got even worse once I was standing150m away from the sarcophagus, because it was terrifying to be that close to the evil.
Quickly checking our Geiger counters - the display showed 7 micro Sievert. To quote Diatlov "not great, but not terrible".
In front of the new safety confinement stands a monument which reminds of the old cover of reactor number 4 which is still under the new sarcophagus.
After taking a group picture (awkward moment) the guide told us that in about 2 years the old safety confinement will be destroyed and they plan to start a clean up. Highly radioactive material, like the fuel rods, will be then taken out of the reactor and brought to a safer storage which is close by.
I turned out to be a nerd, because I had checked if we were also going to reactor number 5 and 6. In this moment everyone else just looked at me as if I was talking some strange bullshit, most likely they were not aware those reactors exist - but we did go to check them out.
From the street next to the cooling water supply river we saw the cooling tower of rector number 5 & 6.
Moving my eyes a little bit to the left, I spotted reactor number 5 & 6. When the accident happened those 2 reactors were still in construction. The power plant provider planned to take them into operation in 1987. As we all know this has never happened and all was left behind unfinished.
Further to the left I looked back at the power plant we visited first, the sarcophagus visible on the very left. Right next to it reactor number 3 with the old safety confinement above it. The two black cubes next to it are reactor number 2 & 1.