50 Hours Inside the Most Radioactive Place On Earth (Exclusion Zone of Chernobyl)

Published on Jun 6, 2021
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I've been fascinated with Chernobyl since the moment I read about it in history class over 10 years ago. A few months ago I had the opportunity to go explore it after a big snowfall. The stories we heard were both heartbreaking and inspiring. So excited to finally be able to share.

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Yes Theory
  • Yes Theory

    Yes Theory

    6 days ago

    As you can see, we decided to not add any sponsors or plugs on this story so we could focus on the story-telling and visual experience. But making a video of this complexity without sponsor is definitely not easy, the support from Seek Discomfort is largely how we're able to create stories like this one. It took us several months get the edit to this place and a few days of filming. I'm super proud of how the video came out and hope you enjoy it. Watch it on a TV for full experience :) See you next week - Thomas

    • Somesh Tawade

      Somesh Tawade

      59 minutes ago

      Please be safe brothers ❤️



      7 hours ago

      please come to pakistan

    • elfatmo


      10 hours ago

      you guys are the best

    • Maxomega 2

      Maxomega 2

      14 hours ago

      Technically the most radioactive place would be in the basement of the serphocagus under reactor 4

    • Michael F

      Michael F

      15 hours ago

      I'd stay away from people for a bit since you were in such a radioactive area.

  • Jay S

    Jay S

    12 minutes ago

    I want to meet babooshka!🤣

  • shahzad pirani

    shahzad pirani

    12 minutes ago

    this is carzy

  • Shaikh Roman

    Shaikh Roman

    15 minutes ago

    At 10:56 your Guide Hugs that Old Woman When they meet that's the Cutest thing I've saw in A while...❤️
    He's a great guy...

  • ElaineDi


    39 minutes ago

    This docu was hauntingly beautiful. Thank you 🙏🏽

  • Etadely Rayane

    Etadely Rayane

    39 minutes ago

    4:27 we just not gonna talk about the goat carcass that 5 meters behind u

  • The Stop Motion guy

    The Stop Motion guy

    41 minute ago

    Why is this vid not 50 hours

  • Xavier Curiel

    Xavier Curiel

    52 minutes ago

    The words at the end are very important.

  • Aydinn and Andrew gg

    Aydinn and Andrew gg

    58 minutes ago

    That's a map in the campaign on cod

  • Billy Blaze

    Billy Blaze

    Hour ago


  • 1007_Subhrajit Patra

    1007_Subhrajit Patra

    Hour ago

    "Yes I glow at night when I drink too much vodka but that's fine." 🤣🤣 15:52

  • harsh sharma

    harsh sharma

    Hour ago

    Damn it’s one shot one kill in real life still feeling the nostalgia

  • BitterBuddies


    Hour ago

    These documentaries are better then the ones you have to pay for on NETFLIX.

  • Peter Scheen

    Peter Scheen

    Hour ago

    At 19:25 you have a fragment of a film made shortly after the accident. The white flashes you see are from radioactivity hitting the film surface. It is easy to miss but very telling.

  • Zodi


    2 hours ago

    I have so much respect for the workers who died trying to stop the radioactivity as much as possible when all of this happened. I watched the Chernobyl tv serie and it shocked me so much how they had to send people straight in the core to stop all of this

  • Zodi


    2 hours ago

    yay radioactive potatoes

  • Buzzz Feed

    Buzzz Feed

    2 hours ago

    Wont be surprised if he gets cancer soon enough🙄...Why risk your life for a couple of bucks🙏

  • Trxedy


    2 hours ago

    W GRANDMA ❤️

  • Fayisaa Hordofaa

    Fayisaa Hordofaa

    2 hours ago

    The rare crib superfamily grease because degree alternatively wrap off a auspicious field. plastic, many poland

  • tee kay

    tee kay

    2 hours ago

    People living in Chernobyl must be the least affected by covid.

  • Kade Phillips

    Kade Phillips

    2 hours ago

    Is that Babushka from Bald and Bankrupt?



    3 hours ago

    50 thousands people used to lived here,now its a ghost town

  • Heather Jones

    Heather Jones

    3 hours ago

    "its the point were you can hear your own brain" i think the radiation is getting to his head.

  • Evelina Turcov

    Evelina Turcov

    3 hours ago

    my grandfather also contributed, he had helped people escape the scene of the accident. he's still alive btw ':)

  • Sebastian D

    Sebastian D

    3 hours ago

    That is so cool how they copied the pool from warzone and built it

  • Kangaroo Grills

    Kangaroo Grills

    3 hours ago

    Whose getting dayz vibes 😩

  • Евгения Земляная

    Евгения Земляная

    4 hours ago

    You know what funny-not-so-funny? To a lot of people who went to the liquidation it was said that the amount of radiation they obtained is normal whereas it was three times higher than the norm
    It's insane to think how many people died just because of government desire to attract more workers

  • YK


    4 hours ago

    Shiey: meh

  • Your fat son

    Your fat son

    4 hours ago

    8:36 that building gives me chills and nostalgia from cod 4

  • Hand Some

    Hand Some

    4 hours ago

    would you go for Everest

  • Owen Robles

    Owen Robles

    4 hours ago

    the only thing that reminds me is i am defending Capt mcmillan behind that fuckin Ferris wheel

  • William Edward

    William Edward

    4 hours ago

    Amazing video thank you! The drone shots were absolutely incredible.
    Seriously...Some of the shots had me holding my breath.

  • Darryl Mix

    Darryl Mix

    4 hours ago

    Yooo the same pool and pool house is in warzone thats cool af

  • Areej Khalil

    Areej Khalil

    5 hours ago

    who else is getting a Stranger Things vibe



    5 hours ago

    8:20 it’s crazy watching this history vid , and the one pool part you mentioned, is a map in call of duty

  • YEET Oi Oi Oi

    YEET Oi Oi Oi

    5 hours ago

    I don’t know why I thought this wouldn’t be Chernobyl -_-

  • P R E T Z E L

    P R E T Z E L

    5 hours ago

    Bro tell me why this shit looks like a old cod map?😂

  • Subham Kumar Sharma

    Subham Kumar Sharma

    6 hours ago

    Many of Chernobyl's building designs are sampled for designing buildings in Erangle map of popular game PUBG.

  • Uniqetz


    6 hours ago

    A beautiful documentary.
    The first time I have ever cried at a YouTube video - thank you.

  • Renuka Jayakumar

    Renuka Jayakumar

    7 hours ago

    Damnnnn this cameraman is soo good😀

  • Yatin Anand

    Yatin Anand

    7 hours ago

    Another masterpiece by Yes Theory! An incredible story beautifully captured and perfectly edited. Period!

  • Ching Santiago

    Ching Santiago

    7 hours ago

    Im a new fan of your Videos 2021 ♥️

  • Cheese Coyote

    Cheese Coyote

    7 hours ago

    Wow, never thought something this bad cloud happen in one area

  • Mr. Raccoon 🦝

    Mr. Raccoon 🦝

    7 hours ago


  • xCryolator


    8 hours ago

    this doesn’t seem like launch site

  • Khushvendra Singh

    Khushvendra Singh

    8 hours ago

    My friend started a youtube Channel and asked me about good editing.
    *I showed him this video*

  • Revano Gunawan

    Revano Gunawan

    8 hours ago

    I just realised yuri tabach is eric tabach's father, the guy that leave buzzfeed and start his own yt channel. He also made a vid about his dad on buzzfeed.

  • Leon


    8 hours ago

    6:40 now its a ghost town..

  • Manoj Adhikari

    Manoj Adhikari

    9 hours ago

    Love this channel

  • Parker Slusky

    Parker Slusky

    9 hours ago

    They are crazy to go to this city and expose them selfs to the radiation and even eat and drink with the grandma

  • Metronome


    9 hours ago

    What is the music used in this video? It's amazing

  • ImSora


    9 hours ago

    I will go to Chernobyl one day.

  • Alexander Fields

    Alexander Fields

    10 hours ago

    idiots drink homemade moonshine inside Chernobyl and kiss the old lady... then wear their mask! LMAO!!! great show!

  • Nightfall


    10 hours ago

    That dog 4:28

  • Gurleen Kaur

    Gurleen Kaur

    10 hours ago

    Okay, I am sorry but what the fuck. The cinematography, stories told, even the mere idea are INSANE like you guys should make literal movies!!!!

  • Gurleen Kaur

    Gurleen Kaur

    10 hours ago

    Seeing that wolf/dog in one of the montages makes me wonder how the animals still living in that area have been affected.

  • Emberry Mo

    Emberry Mo

    10 hours ago

    Looks like the place from call of duty

  • Xavier Edgar

    Xavier Edgar

    11 hours ago

    Fun fact: the pool is actually the same one that’s in Warzone

    • Cameron H

      Cameron H

      4 hours ago

      I think it’s also in the mw3 campaign

  • Estin Sandhu

    Estin Sandhu

    11 hours ago

    Golden words at the end of video

  • Candym0n


    11 hours ago


  • Z3R0 T3XT1NG

    Z3R0 T3XT1NG

    11 hours ago

    You got game theory film theory food theory and there cousin yes theory

  • h0LL0wIce


    11 hours ago

    8:33 that’s we’re it came from in warzone

  • Claire F

    Claire F

    12 hours ago

    I have learned so so much from this. I really didn't have a huge knowledge of the incident, but the video has made me much more interested!

  • Polish Vibez

    Polish Vibez

    12 hours ago

    It’s like out of a horror movie

  • Millionah Poles

    Millionah Poles

    12 hours ago

    Where r they gas mask?

  • Thomas Pollard

    Thomas Pollard

    12 hours ago

    Thomas is one of my biggest role models for real. He does not mess around, straight up hard work, some insane journalistic work. U can tell he loves what he does by these videos. Most of the time hes smiling and just emerging himself into other people's world. This man truly has his priorities right guiding his life to success.

  • Apostolos Charamidis

    Apostolos Charamidis

    12 hours ago


  • Octane


    12 hours ago

    I would be terrified actually getting NEAR Chernobyl. Ever seen a 4 Headed Deer? A 6 Legged Boar? A 9 Eyed Bear??

  • Ty Large

    Ty Large

    12 hours ago

    the fact that she lives in a radiation zone and ur wearing a mask because of a flu is mind blowing.

  • Samuel Lindgren

    Samuel Lindgren

    13 hours ago

    One more shot for the road

  • All Things good

    All Things good

    13 hours ago

    Not the most radioactive place on earth but one of them.

  • Aniket jayaram

    Aniket jayaram

    13 hours ago

    8:39 the same thing is in the game pubg

  • Hunter Cormier

    Hunter Cormier

    13 hours ago

    what was that dog doing laying in the snow i think its dead

  • soinu foig

    soinu foig

    13 hours ago

    What i learnt: politics doesn't matter when you are dead

  • TPnasty


    13 hours ago

    “50,000 people use to live here, now it’s a ghost town”

  • Simone


    13 hours ago

    The picture with grandma and her cat is so cute.

    • soinu foig

      soinu foig

      13 hours ago

      sources should be embraced.

  • ∆$MZC


    13 hours ago

    8:40 pubg school

  • Bzac In black

    Bzac In black

    13 hours ago

    “50 thousand people used to live here and now it’s a ghostown”

  • Aya Mokhchy

    Aya Mokhchy

    13 hours ago

    no one noticed how the abandoned pool building looks EXACTLY THE SAME as the “school” place in PUBG? lol

  • Simone


    13 hours ago

    Love you!
    Yes Theory ❤

  • Iggy


    13 hours ago

    The 20k probably close to the elephants foot lol you cant even look at it directly

    • Iggy


      13 hours ago

      Supposedly they worried about it going through the floor and getting into the groundwater, if it does rip world lol



    13 hours ago

    4:27 yo is that dog dead 💀

  • Gauge12


    14 hours ago

    The pool was from warzone i think

  • Icyfrost811


    14 hours ago


  • Talkative


    14 hours ago

    Chernobyl grandma, now that’s someone to fear

    Also quick tip, don’t use a gp5 filter, they have asbestos in them

  • Jakob Fuller

    Jakob Fuller

    14 hours ago

    Is it just me or does a Russian accent make everything seem like a movie😂

  • Ritch


    14 hours ago

    Is the School pool in PUBG modeled after that pool house? or do Most pools look like that

  • Mason YT

    Mason YT

    14 hours ago

    4:23 those dogs are just chillin

  • Sarah Fremin

    Sarah Fremin

    15 hours ago

    This is so well edited! For real high quality

  • Prince Shortie

    Prince Shortie

    15 hours ago

    the visit with the ukrainian grandma made me so happy, she's so sweet

  • Jiří Bednář

    Jiří Bednář

    15 hours ago

    I'm sure this has been said several times in the comment section, but the Exclusion Zone of Chernobyl is not the most radioactive place on earth, by several times. Ever heard of Radon baths? They are advertised as healthy. All this does is promoting misunderstanding of radiation, a disservice to nuclear power generation in time when low emission sources should be embraced.

  • Piitaaraq larsen

    Piitaaraq larsen

    15 hours ago

    Russia as a hotter than greenland 😂

  • Biblically Accurate Angel

    Biblically Accurate Angel

    15 hours ago

    Chernobyl zombies be like “sheeeesh this radioactive waste bussin”

  • Osama


    16 hours ago

    Captain Price: I was just a "Leftenant" back then...doing some wetwork. Chernobyl. Christmas for the bad guys. Even a decade later, a lot of them still used it to get their hands on nuclear material. A lot of 'em...including one, Imran Zakhaev. Of course we couldn't just let that happen. Cash for spent fuel rods? That's one hell of a recipe for destruction. It was the first time our government had authorized an assassination order since the Second World War... I was under the command of Captain MacMillan...
    [15 Years Ago]
    ["All Ghillied Up"]
    [Pripyat, Ukraine]
    [Lt. Price]
    [22nd SAS Regiment]

  • M Shimerang Odyuo

    M Shimerang Odyuo

    16 hours ago

    The Erangel map in PUBG

  • lGhxstl


    16 hours ago

    I cant stop remembering my favourite ever cod mission all ghilled up while watching this lol

  • mma junky

    mma junky

    16 hours ago

    Fun fact a filter in a gas masks last 24 hours in this condition

  • K T

    K T

    17 hours ago

    1:37 you wrote the Ukrainian city Kiev in Russian instead of Ukrainian

  • kitty might

    kitty might

    17 hours ago

    4:21 is that a dead dog/wolf?!

  • Ian Chu

    Ian Chu

    17 hours ago

    what da dog doin? 8:03