In April 1986, 32 people lost their lives in the worst nuclear disaster in history. In the coming months, Ukrainian officials will reopen the area for general tourism.
A limited number of visitors already travel to the site annually, but the government’s recommendations will make it easier for anyone to get access. Though radiation levels remain well above normal, Ukrainian officials claim that visitors will receive levels of radiation equivalent to a “trans-Atlantic flight.”
Scientists continue to monitor the area for elevated radiation levels, and will limit access to areas with low readings.