Chernobyl (USSR), 01:23 26th April 1986: the world’s biggest nuclear accident. By 6th May, approximately 120,000 people and most farm animals were evacuated from around the Chernobyl reactor site. Now, an area of about 5000 km2 remains abandoned.

Through the power of Virtual Reality, you can journey through the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone (CEZ), exploring this abandoned landscape. Along the way, you will learn about the accident, the people and the wildlife of the CEZ, uncovering the ‘truths’ within the myriad myths that surround the world’s worst nuclear accident.

Developed by Professors Wood & Beresford and colleagues at the University of Salford, Virtual Chernobyl has enabled audiences around the world to experience what it is really like to walk within this radioactive wilderness and venture into areas of the CEZ that others seldom visit.

In collaboration with the State Agency of Ukraine for Exclusion Zone Management (SAUEZM), we are now developing a new version of Virtual Chernobyl (taking into account feedback, including from school pupils and educators). You can click here to download a short trailer, which will provide you with an insight into life in the CEZ. This can be viewed using a VR headset, computer, phone or tablet.

Chernobyl wildlife

In 2016 (30 years after the accident) the Ukrainian CEZ was designated as the Chornobyl Radiation and Ecological Biosphere Reserve:

Our network of wildlife cameras has photographed an amazing diversity of animals within the CEZ.
This video includes a few of them: