That is Chernobyl nuclear reactor number four. It melted down on April 26, 1986. So what
所以发生了什么 使得反应堆内部产生了这么多的热量 然后基本上吹走了屋顶
happened was so much heat was generated inside that reactor that it basically blew the top
off spreading radioactive isotopes throughout this whole surrounding area and over into
Europe. And that is why we can still detect the contamination here today.
And they covered it in that sarcophagus which is kind of crumbling as it ages. And so they
are actually building a brand new containment facility over here which, when it is finished,
will be slid over on top of the old containment, on top of the old sarcophagus.
The town of Pripyat was built just a few kilometers away from the reactor, mostly to house the
给在这里工作的人们的家庭提供住宿 现在它完全废弃了 所以现在你们
families of the people who worked there. And now it is completely abandoned. So now you
can find all of these high rise Soviet apartments completely empty and crumbling and the forest
is basically reclaiming this whole town.
When the residents of Pripyat were told to evacuate they were told that they would only
be away for two weeks. So they left most of their belongings exactly where they were and
they never came back. So their lives are on display here.
我在一个旧幼儿园里 这难以置信的平和 你知道 你眺望四周
I am inside an old kindergarten and it is incredibly peaceful. You know, you look around
看起来这里发生了灾难 但主要的是 这里显示了30年的
and it looks like a disaster has hit here. But, mainly, what this shows is 30 years of
weathering and no maintenance. So things just fall apart.
The most insidious thing about radiation is how invisible it is. You can’t feel it.
你闻不到它或者看见它 这可以是原始荒野 但它不是
You can’t smell it or see it. This could be pristine wilderness, but it is not. It
is a contaminated, deserted waste land. This is what a real post-apocalyptic world looks
废弃的建筑物 荒草萋萋的街道 所有东西都碎裂了 腐朽了 坏掉了
like: abandoned buildings, over grown streets, everything crumbling, rusting, breaking.
Near the reactor there is an area called the red forest, because after the accident, so
那里堆积了如此多的放射性材料 以至于所有的树都枯死了 而它们的叶子
much radioactive material was dumped in that area that all the trees died. And their leaves
turned red, just like they do in autumn.
I am standing on the stage of the old Pripyat theater. There is something about this place
我可以想象这个场景 我可以想象在这里：一个座无虚席的房间 所有伟大的
that just … I can picture the scene. I can picture it here: a packed house, all the great
Russian productions that were staged here. And you look around at all the old lights
and the layers upon layers of walkways they would have used. This is a pretty amazing
不可思议的地点 这是迄今为止我最喜欢的地方 没有放射性 这就是这个地方
location. This is my favorite place so far, nothing radioactive. It is just an amazing
look at the past of this place.
所有东西都能认得出来 都这么熟悉 然后又被摧毁
Everything is so recognizable and so familiar and yet it is being destroyed. It is crumbling
它在碎裂 自然重新占领了这整片地区 这是世界
and nature is reclaiming this whole area. This is what the world would look like if
man disappeared one day all of a sudden. This is what it would look like 30 years later.
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