детский сад Копачи – Kopachi Kindergarten
Visited 2014 + 2015
The village of Kopachi is buried, house by house. It was located 7 km from the Chernobyl reactor that housed the control room and decontamination area in the months after the disaster. A bulldozer would dig a large trench in front of each house before burying the building and covering it with earth and flattening the soil. This kindergarten and one other brick building are the only architectural structures that remain standing, all other buildings were bulldozed.
The government did not recognize the fact that these highly-contaminated buildings and houses would seep radioactive isotopes into the water table. Burying the buildings drove radio-toxins deeper into the environment. The soil and water surrounding the former village remain contaminated with radioactive materials including plutonium, strontium-90, and cesium-137.