What is the movie Chernobyl Diaries about?
Chernobyl Diaries is a horror movie released on May 24, 2012. It’s about a group of tourists that go to the ghost city Pripyat within the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.
The city of Pripyat was founded in 1970 in modern day Ukraine to house the construction workers and staff of the Chernobyl nuclear power facility. The population of Pripyat was expected to eventually reach 75,000 citizens. The number of inhabitants was still increasing steadily--around 48,000--when the Chernobyl incident occurred in 1986.
An explosion at one of the reactors at the plant forced the immediate abandonment of the surrounding area including Pripyat. 1,100 square miles around the facility were designated the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. Today the Zone has grown to over 1,600 square miles.
5,000 people work inside the Exclusion Zone, mostly maintaining the decommissioned nuclear plant and storage facility. They work for two weeks at a time at three times the normal pay rate.
300 people actually live within the Exclusion Zone. They are mostly people that decided to move back after the nuclear incident as well as scientists studying the local plants and animals.
Since 2011 there have been daily tours into the Exclusion Zone, including the ghost city of Pripyat.