Chernobyl Remains On 26 April 1986, Reactor 4 of Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in modern day Ukraine exploded and went on fire. Large quantities of radioactive contaminant were released into the atmosphere and spread out over parts of the western Soviet Union and Europe. 25 years on from the disaster the effects of this eventful day are still being felt. Today, approximately 400 people live within the 30 kilometre exclusion zone. Many refused to leave when the incident took place. Others stayed after loved ones died so that they could remain close to their graves. Over time vagabonds and people from outside the area who wished to benefit from the remoteness this location offers settled here. The radioactive contamination that followed the accident has led to the exclusion zone being polluted unevenly. Spots of highest concentration include the Red Forest and the numerous sites close to the reactor. 25 years has given nature an opportunity to grow and flourish. Buildings are being taken over by trees, roads are becoming impassable and the old people who remain are gradually passing away and returning to the earth. Those who remain coexist with the nature of the place and have accepted the presence of radiation in their everyday lives. It is clear that many have very mixed emotions about the Chernobyl disaster and that the depth of the experience they and others have endured has carved deeply into their being. The people here are courageous and resilient. They demonstrate a love for their land and nostalgia to simpler, better times. For the many adventure tourists who travel to the zone to see the reactor and the former model city of Prypiat it is worth considering just how people have suffered here and in the neighbouring country of Belarus. The wounds of 26 April 1986 may well have healed but the scars remain and to this day there are still casualties.