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“When I had a tooth extracted, I asked them to test it. They found 22 radioactive elements. Chernobyl is in us and we are in Chernobyl.” — Sergei Koshelev, videographer for the Chernobyl Shelter Implementation Plan<br />
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Sergei Koshelev crosses the high-radiation zone beside Chernobyl’s ground zero. The concrete and lead Sarcophagus encloses the ruins of the reactor hall where the meltdown occurred. <br />
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The Sarcophagus leaks and is structurally unstable. Construction workers preparing foundations for a replacement “New Safe Confinement” can hit their maximum daily dose in two to three hours.<br />
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Sergei’s wife Lyudmila also works at Chernobyl. “We arrived here as young people,” she says. “Our life is here.”<br />
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This photograph is part the book of Would You Stay?, by Michael Forster Rothbart, published by TED Books in 2013. The photos come from Forster Rothbart’s two long-term documentary photography projects, After Chernobyl and After Fukushima.<br />
© Michael Forster Rothbart 2007-2013.<br />
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Photo by: Michael Forster Rothbart<br />
Date:  7/2009    File#:  Canon 5D digital camera frame 72232<br />
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Original caption: <br />
Sergei Koshelev, videographer for the Chernobyl SIP PMU (Shelter Implementation Plan Project Management Unit) visits the high-radiation zone just west of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant’s 4th Block Shelter (also called the Sarcophagus). Workers refer to the area inside the final high-security perimeter as the “local zone,” where they are doing groundwork for construction of the New Safe Confinement super-structure that will replace the Sarcophagus.<br />
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The concrete and lead Sarcophagus encloses the ruins of the reactor hall where the meltdown occurred. The Sarcophagus leaks and is structurally unstable. Construction workers preparing foundations for a r
“When I had a tooth extracted, I asked them to test it. They found 22 radioactive elements. Chernobyl is in us and we are in Chernobyl.” — Sergei Koshelev, videographer for the Chernobyl Shelter Implementation Plan

Sergei Koshelev crosses the high-radiation zone beside Chernobyl’s ground zero. The concrete and lead Sarcophagus encloses the ruins of the reactor hall where the meltdown occurred.

The Sarcophagus leaks and is structurally...
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