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Reactor number four
When reactor number four ignited, firefighters rushed to the scene oblivious and unprepared for the meltdown. Within days, many died from acute radioactive sickness. Today, the reactor is enclosed in a massive cement sarcophagus, designed to keep uranium isotopes from entering the atmosphere. The cement has already leaked radioactive lava, with the reactor still capable of fires and explosions. Ongoing maintenance of the sarcophagus remains a concern for all of Europe. Related: Road Trip: Searching for the Civil War Ghost Towns of Dixie

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16 Spooky-as-Hell Photos From Inside Chernobyl

August 4, 2014

By Robin Esrock

It’s been 28 years since the meltdown of reactor number four in Ukraine’s Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, an unprecedented manmade disaster that affected much of Europe. Radiation levels are still sky high, but with a Geiger counter and the right permits, visitors can safely enter the 18-mile Zone of Exclusion on guided day-tours. What you’ll encounter is straight out of a horror movie.

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