By Maren

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Please watch this first:

Author's Note-

The point of this wiki is not to debate whether or not this movie is real or fake, sorry if the title is misleading, but to debate whether the plot is plausible. Although I have not seen this movie, nor do I plan to, I am basing my topic on the assumption that the tourists in the commerical you just saw are being attacked by mutated forms of the victims of Chernobyl. I apologize ahead of time if this is not in fact the plot of the movie but it shall remain as my topic whether I am right or not.


1.) The Chernobyl Explosion:

The abandoned town that the tourists visit is in fact a real place, as is the nuclear power plant explosion they discussed. The Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant was located in the Ukrainian town of Pripyat. However, during the time of the disaster, Ukraine was part of the USSR leading to the common misconception that the plant was located inside of Russia.

On April 26, 1986 there was a sudden power surge in reactor number four of the Chernobyl power plant. When an emergency shutdown was attempted, another power surge occured causing a reactor vessel to rupture and set off a series of explosions. These explosions then caused the graphite moderator, a device used to cause the nuclear chain reaction required to produced nuclear power, to ignite. The resulting fire sent a huge amount of radiactive smoke into the air which would later drift through large parts of the western Soviet Union and eastern Europe.

The citizens of Pripyat were evacutated immediatley, however, many suspect the number of deaths caused by the explosion to be around 4000. This number includes the people who died directly from the explosion as well as those who developed different types of cancer as a result of their exposure to the radiation.

Reactor number four was completely covered in a concrete "sarcophagus" in an attempt to avoid the spread of more radioactive substances.

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Chernobyl Nuclear plant, post explosion

2.) Chernobyl Today:

The Chernobyl Nuclear plant was still active until it was officially shut down in December of 2000. The city of Pripyat remains completely abandoned.

3.) Mutations:

Mutations in both humans and animals occured after the explosion. Nearly 300 animals on the farms surrounding the area were born with deformed skulls or missing limbs. There were also many abnormal human births in the years following the disaster.

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Mutated frog(s)

Alright, so far we have seen that there are some grains of truth within the plot of the Chernobyl Diaries. There was in fact a large nuclear explosion at the Chernobyl power plant and the city was, and too this day still is, abandoned. We also know that there mutations in both people and animals as a result of the radiation put into the air. So I guess the movie is pretty much a documentary right?



1.) There is absolutley no one left at Chernobyl

Although the town of Pripyat is no longer occupied, the power plant still houses a small number of Ukrainian scientists who monitor the plant for the Ukrainian goverment.

2.) You can visit anytime you want

The area around Chernobyl is still highly radioactive. Today, scientists can only visit the area two weeks per year and must wear protective clothing to avoid contamination.

3.) You will be attacked by flesh eating mutants

As far as I know, there has never been a case of radiation poisoning that has led to superhuman speed or cannabalism. The mutations caused by Chernobyl have been limited to extra limbs, cancer, and skull abnormalities.

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Victim of Chernobyl radiation
{For more information about the effects of radiation on DNA please visit Caroline's awesome nuclear wiki page!}

As disapointing as it may be, it appears to me that the Chernobyl Diaries is filled with more fiction than fact. While the consequences of the explosion are terrible, none of them include being attacked by mutants while being an "extrem tourist". Thanks for reading and please post any comments or questions you may have!

Special thanks to...

The cast of the Chernobly Diaries (pictured below)

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It's almost disturbing how much radioactive energy must have been in that reactor since the release of only about five percent of its core (along with a fraction of the xenon, iodine, and caesium isotopes that were in the reactor) into the atmosphere was enough to cause everything you described. A steam explosion carrying radiation from the core, some radiation-filled fires from fuel and superheated graphite, and there's a disaster. How terrible that such a huge amount of damage came from a simple test when the automatic shutdown was disabled. Several of the delayed victims probably envied the two workers who died immediately in the explosions. -Jillian