The power plant has been open to the public since 2011, after authorities decided it was safe to visit, and the TV series Chernobyl increased interest by 40 percent since its launch. Although it is relatively safe to visit an area where a daily visitor is exposed to an amount of radiation equivalent to an hour of flight, you can visit Chernobyl in the comfort and safety of your home using Google Maps Street View.
Google Maps’ Street View feature allows users to explore the ghost town. After the Chernobyl nuclear accident in 1986, the city was completely devastated and evacuated after a declaration that the area was dangerous to human habitation for at least 24,000 years.
Street View provides interactive panoramas of the world’s streets. Street View launched in 2007 in several cities in the United States and has since expanded.
The Chernobyl accident was caused by a sudden electric shock during a system test in its reactor. four that were destroyed due to insufficient design and insufficient staff. In an explosion, the reactor released up to 30 percent of Chernobyl’s 190 metric tons of uranium reserves.
The effects of the heavy radiation killed 28 workers at the plant in the first four months after the accident and caused radiation sickness to another 106 workers. 115,000 people were evacuated immediately after the Chernobyl incident, then a Soviet city, by the Soviet government.
According to UN Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation, more than 6,000 children and adolescents have developed thyroid cancer due to radiation exposure from the disaster.
Even 35 years after the incident, which is considered the worst civilian nuclear disaster, the area is still habitable due to high levels of radiation. The power plant is in a large confined area within 18 miles (30 km), known as Chernobyl exclusion zone, as the process of cleaning up nuclear waste is expected to be completed in 2065.