Published On: Fri, Sep 27th, 2019

WATCH: Haunting video from inside Chernobyl’s infamous nuclear reactor No 4 – Russia news | World | News

A group of journalists were granted access by the Russian Government to the control room of Reactor No 4 in the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. This was as part a presentation of a new guide book on the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. There are two exclusion zones in Chernobyl; a 10km inner and 30km outer Exclusion Zone.

It is safe to stay in the outer Exclusion Zone overnight.

Today there are around 200 people living within the outer Exclusion Zone.

The Chernobyl nuclear disaster occurred on April 26, 1986 as a series of explosions and subsequent fire at the fourth reactor released radioactive fallout which dispersed over nearby countries.

More than 8,000,000 people were exposed to elevated levels of radiation as a result.

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To date, Chernobyl is still thought to be the worst civil nuclear accident in human history.

The immediate death toll from the incident itself numbered 31, while thousands have since suffered radiation-related illnesses such as cancer and infant deformities.

In the video released by Russia Today, the large computers and machinery used to operate the plant can be seen, now darkened and ruined from the explosion and age.

There is some frayed and burnt wiring exposed from its hardware.

Chernobyl is now safe to visit, with very low radiation levels similar to those on a trans-Atlantic flight, but it is subject to very strict regulations.

It is only possible to visit the Exclusion Zone with an official Chernobyl guide.

Visitors to Chernobyl are scanned on entering and leaving the Exclusion Zone to check radiation levels.

During time spent there, visitors receive a dose of radiation comparable to a small dose from an X-ray scan: 5-7 micro Sieverts of gamma radiation, which is a non-harmful dose of radiation.

Tourists have been able to apply for a permission to visit the irradiated remains of the control room since September 2.

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