Chernobyl seems to be way more interesting than you would think. Before the accident, Chernobyl was a social center. Chernobyl is a Ukrainian word for mugwort, a very common name for an herbaceous plant. In the 1500s the city was a crown village of Lithuania’s Grand Ducy. The city of Chernobyl was part of Poland. The nuclear reactor was put in by the government in 1977. Chernobyl was a poorly designed and poorly put together nuclear reactor in the first place. The meltdown was caused by tests to see how long the reactor would work if an accidental shut down occurred. The safety mechanisms were turned off and the reactor shut down for real. The radioactive materials grew in temperature and soon exploded. 31 were killed in the initial explosion and many more died from radiation poisoning. People die every day because of what happened in the nuclear reactor. The final death toll isn’t known and might not ever be. What once was known as a social center is now known as a ghost town. Many strange things have happened like strange mutations and the red forest.

People (specifically the elderly) have moved back to their old houses because they would rather die of radiation poisoning than of homesickness.
There’s an alternative etymology that Chernobyl was named after a combination of words chornyi and byllia, which literally mean “black grass” or “black stalks”. In 1569, the province housing Chernobyl became part of the Kingdom of Poland. When Russia, Prussia, and Austria dissolved Poland through a series of partitions, Chernobyl became a part of the Russian Empire in 1793. In the last half of the 18th century, Chernobyl became a major center of Hasidic Judaism; however, the Jewish population suffered greatly in the early 1900s when many Jews were killed by the Black Hundreds, an ultra-nationalist movement in Russia. In the Polish-Soviet War of 1919–1920, the city was taken first by the Polish Army, and then by the Red Army. Chernobyl was incorporated into the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic in 1921. The Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant was commissioned by the government in 1977.

The unit 4 reactor was to be shut down for routine maintenance on the 25 of April 1986. It was decided to take advantage of this shutdown to determine whether, in the event of a loss of station power, the slowing turbine could provide enough electrical power to operate the main core cooling water circulating pumps, until the diesel emergency power supply became operative. The aim of this test was to determine whether cooling of the core could continue to be ensured in the event of a loss of power. Adequate coolant circulation following completion of the test was ensured by arranging power supplies to four of the eight pumps from station service power; the other four pumps were supplied by unit service power. If the workers had known what each other were doing, the meltdown could have been prevented.

Some of the wild animals have started living in the abandoned houses. Grotesque mutations have been reported. Most of the animals will not attack people because they already have enough food. Animals aren’t the only ones who are mutated; people have had some gross deformities too. A really cool thing is the red forest. It is a forest that after the meltdown the trees glowed red from the radiation. If a person walked far enough in they would start to glow. In my opinion the red forest is the most interesting part of Chernobyl.

Last but not least the creepiest part: The town of Kindergarten. The name of the place might not sound creepy, but don’t judge a book by its cover. Kindergarten was clearly once a pretty okay place, but not anymore. Now there are things scattered around like dolls, toys, and other things. Most of the pictures are self-explanatory, but it is extremely creepy. Kindergarten is not a town I would want to go to.