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

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  • Yes Theory
    Yes Theory5 dagen geleden

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  • Maxomega 2

    Maxomega 2

    3 uur geleden

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

  • Michael F

    Michael F

    4 uur geleden

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

  • Ricardo Santo

    Ricardo Santo

    19 uur geleden

    You guys deserve the world :) Thank you !

  • Lol Be mad

    Lol Be mad

    21 uur geleden

    Has four ads

  • Christopher Angeles

    Christopher Angeles

    Dag geleden

    4:21 Sooooo,just a random may or may not be dead dog

  • Estin Sandhu
    Estin Sandhu4 minuten geleden

    Golden words at the end of video

  • Candym0n
    Candym0n4 minuten geleden


  • Z3R0 T3XT1NG
    Z3R0 T3XT1NG19 minuten geleden

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

  • h0LL0wIce
    h0LL0wIce22 minuten geleden

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

  • Claire F
    Claire FUur geleden

    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 VibezUur geleden

    It’s like out of a horror movie

  • Millionah Poles
    Millionah PolesUur geleden

    Where r they gas mask?

  • Thomas Pollard
    Thomas PollardUur geleden

    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 CharamidisUur geleden


  • Octane
    OctaneUur geleden

    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 LargeUur geleden

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

  • Samuel Lindgren
    Samuel LindgrenUur geleden

    One more shot for the road

  • All Things good
    All Things goodUur geleden

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

  • Aniket jayaram
    Aniket jayaramUur geleden

    8:39 the same thing is in the game pubg

  • Hunter Cormier
    Hunter CormierUur geleden

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

  • soinu foig
    soinu foig2 uur geleden

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

  • TPnasty
    TPnasty2 uur geleden

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

  • Simone
    Simone2 uur geleden

    The picture with grandma and her cat is so cute.

  • soinu foig

    soinu foig

    2 uur geleden

    sources should be embraced.

  • ∆$MZC
    ∆$MZC2 uur geleden

    8:40 pubg school

  • Bzac In black
    Bzac In black2 uur geleden

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

  • Aya Mokhchy
    Aya Mokhchy2 uur geleden

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

  • Simone
    Simone2 uur geleden

    Love you! Yes Theory ❤

  • Iggy
    Iggy2 uur geleden

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

  • Iggy


    2 uur geleden

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

    RENZLR2 uur geleden

    4:27 yo is that dog dead 💀

  • Gauge12
    Gauge122 uur geleden

    The pool was from warzone i think

  • Icyfrost811
    Icyfrost8113 uur geleden


  • Talkative
    Talkative3 uur geleden

    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 Fuller3 uur geleden

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

  • Ritch
    Ritch3 uur geleden

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

  • Mason YT
    Mason YT3 uur geleden

    4:23 those dogs are just chillin

  • Sarah Fremin
    Sarah Fremin4 uur geleden

    This is so well edited! For real high quality

  • Prince Shortie
    Prince Shortie4 uur geleden

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

  • Jiří Bednář
    Jiří Bednář4 uur geleden

    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 larsen4 uur geleden

    Russia as a hotter than greenland 😂

  • Biblically Accurate Angel
    Biblically Accurate Angel4 uur geleden

    Chernobyl zombies be like “sheeeesh this radioactive waste bussin”

  • Osama
    Osama4 uur geleden

    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 Odyuo5 uur geleden

    The Erangel map in PUBG

  • lGhxstl
    lGhxstl5 uur geleden

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

  • mma junky
    mma junky5 uur geleden

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

  • K T
    K T5 uur geleden

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

  • kitty might
    kitty might5 uur geleden

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

  • Ian Chu
    Ian Chu6 uur geleden

    what da dog doin? 8:03

  • Retix_burst
    Retix_burst6 uur geleden

    can dogs be there cuz i saw one at 8:06

  • Nathan Johnson
    Nathan Johnson6 uur geleden

    Such good quality

  • gmerti
    gmerti6 uur geleden

    him going out of there like 👁👂👁

  • Nothin Trippin
    Nothin Trippin6 uur geleden

    Not the most radioactive place on earth tho..

  • T
    T7 uur geleden

    Is the dog at 4 minutes 22 alive

  • Life Of Riza
    Life Of Riza7 uur geleden

    Wow what amazing storytelling and editing! I got chills at a couple of points. And that FPV footage was crazy beautiful.

  • TBNRWilly
    TBNRWilly7 uur geleden

    Legit, I am surprised nobody is talking more about this place being in COD

  • c v
    c v7 uur geleden

    They r gönnä be heer lönGer v v ?? make reegthörr cämchatcäre plant bömb get xp döne. knöt in middell öf €V xD cönjecktüre öff at liced öne species... watch black höle eh pretzeldente v v missing 411 canam dp ^^

  • c v
    c v7 uur geleden

    bin in russia ge wise and some reacthörr (ps ^^) on The önlie? ? outfall eh country road leading east. into well least slightlie? b4 ural-sk D 3 chimneys absolutelie monstrous? gigantick and this slanted öppösite bank... yeah watt middell? road xD or bröök D ?? never göt id bhäck... like swallowed büy matka gäiär v v ?

  • c v

    c v

    7 uur geleden

    They r gönnä be heer lönGer v v ?? make reegthörr cämchatcäre plant bömb get xp döne. knöt in middell öf €V xD

  • Gucci Fresh
    Gucci Fresh7 uur geleden

    This better be the next call of duty zombie DLC

  • Tasnem Hasan
    Tasnem Hasan7 uur geleden

    3:37 That reminds me of Palestine

  • Hugh jass
    Hugh jass8 uur geleden

    Not the moat radioactive place on earth lmao

  • Alif Putra
    Alif Putra8 uur geleden

    guys remember radioactive dust please caution

  • Anna Argento
    Anna Argento8 uur geleden

    Did the dog at 8:07 live in the ghost town?

  • Reach Me
    Reach Me8 uur geleden

    that grandma must be pretty lonely, i cant imagine living be in her place. but i guess not everyone is as strong as her

  • Sims Simms
    Sims Simms8 uur geleden

    I'm a survivor

  • Alfurberry
    Alfurberry8 uur geleden

    there is something oddly beautiful about this video, whether it be the fact that life continues after almost 40 years or that the scenery remains the same i don't know. However i do know this is my favourite video that i have watched in awhile, thank you Yes Theory.

  • MrBahr12
    MrBahr128 uur geleden

    The guide is wearing a Philly Union hat, epic

    LIL MAC8 uur geleden

    His crew has the most stereotypical Slavic names ever

  • Ravage
    Ravage8 uur geleden

    This looks like cod modern remastered

  • Deadpool
    Deadpool8 uur geleden

    *proceeds to get flipper toes after video*

  • Aidan Swanson
    Aidan Swanson8 uur geleden

    Nuclear power is still so damn safe and maybe 100 people died as a result of Chernobyl. Read the UNSCEAR report and the Chernobyl tissue bank data before you make stupid claims

  • david vindis
    david vindis8 uur geleden

    How ironic is that a week ago i was talking to my ukraine friend wich lives in slovenia now(where i live) and we've come with a idea that next year we shall go to kiev and visit chernobyl. 1week later a documentary from Yes Theory.

  • Leo
    Leo9 uur geleden

    8:35 pubg players will know where this place is 😁😁

  • Satan Official
    Satan Official9 uur geleden

    The Fukushima ELE is far, far, far worse.

  • Satan Official

    Satan Official

    9 uur geleden

    Radiation is bad for children and other living things.

  • Satan Official

    Satan Official

    9 uur geleden

    Not since the Asteroid Impact ELE of 66 million years ago has anything else already caused so much overall slaughter of life. And the Fukushima ELE will last next to forever. The Fukushima ELE is bad news on extreme steroids.

  • YooBrady
    YooBrady9 uur geleden

    aww yes COD4

  • Cosmic Falcon
    Cosmic Falcon9 uur geleden

    Player Unknowns Battle Ground

  • Angel Cook
    Angel Cook9 uur geleden

    The lazy factory demographically regret because children intralysosomally reproduce unlike a befitting wren. sweltering, lazy fibre

  • Jeffrey Cordero
    Jeffrey Cordero9 uur geleden

    And yet, even after this massive disaster, nuclear energy is still far safer and less deadly than fossil fuels

  • nami
    nami9 uur geleden

    8:06 ayo what the dog doin?

  • Gabriel Kwiatkowski
    Gabriel Kwiatkowski10 uur geleden

    The thing is imagine if that reactor changed the whole world if it didn’t explode we would be using nuclear energy for planes cars and more but that 1 thing messed it up

  • Tetra Gem
    Tetra Gem10 uur geleden

    Y’all stock up on rad x?

  • Aleea Saylor
    Aleea Saylor10 uur geleden

    This is incredible thank you for giving us the opportunity to see this BUT please tell me you brought the doggie at 8:06 to safety!!!? So sad to see him in an abandoned town in the snow

  • Lazy Animator
    Lazy Animator10 uur geleden

    Babushka lady is so adorable! Check out Bald and Bankrupt. He's got some good encounters with Chernobyl residents too.

  • ארז מקובר
    ארז מקובר10 uur geleden

    8:28 its school from pubg

  • Emiliano Mejia
    Emiliano Mejia10 uur geleden

    Does anyone know the guy that picked them up is the dad of Eric tabach

  • Frank Uhlig
    Frank Uhlig10 uur geleden

    The abashed farm regularly charge because poet bacteriologically copy times a waiting stepdaughter. amazing, worthless bowl

  • Jeterang !
    Jeterang !10 uur geleden

    Felt like an hour not 25m guess I clinged to every second. Beautiful work

  • Charlie Wolf
    Charlie Wolf10 uur geleden

    I had difficulty putting into words, how I felt watching this film, other than to say I felt strange yet profound cense of love and joy. Thank you.

  • Neil k
    Neil k10 uur geleden

    50,000 people used to live here now it's ghost town... If you know you know

  • Stephanie Bates
    Stephanie Bates10 uur geleden

    Cool but did the animal be hind you guys get affected 😱😱???

  • NotShap
    NotShap10 uur geleden

    am i the only one that when he said 50 thousand people used to live here and i heard price from cod4

  • Hann Gifford
    Hann Gifford10 uur geleden

    Verdansk 😍

  • - HaichPlays -
    - HaichPlays -10 uur geleden

    wut about the “no” theory

  • Weird Raccoon
    Weird Raccoon10 uur geleden

    You should go on the shortest flight in the world from west ray to papa westray is Scotland

  • Jamie Mompalao
    Jamie Mompalao11 uur geleden

    is the dog ok 4:28 😳

  • captain skeptical
    captain skeptical11 uur geleden

    we love slavic babuskas!!! they are the best grannys!

  • FYB-_-Angel
    FYB-_-Angel11 uur geleden

    that’s the pool house in warzone

  • Kas
    Kas11 uur geleden

    4:28 umm....... is that dog dead or just chilling?

  • SpecTor_0
    SpecTor_011 uur geleden

    Wow. I love your guys documentaries. They are always done so well. Keep up the great work!

  • Fuerzaa.
    Fuerzaa.11 uur geleden

    It's not that radioactive as you think it is I can count with my one hand how many people made it out without equipment safely around 8

  • MR. mustache Story time
    MR. mustache Story time11 uur geleden

    this looks like call of duty 4 ]\[

  • -Alex-
    -Alex-11 uur geleden

    This is a great edit and well put out story

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    mauricio garcia12 uur geleden

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  • AVDV
    AVDV12 uur geleden

    I swear the pool at 8:30 is the same pool as in the Erangel map in PUBG.

  • Digi
    Digi12 uur geleden

    This aint even seeking discomfort this seeking cancer

  • Mahrosh Javaid
    Mahrosh Javaid12 uur geleden

    For those poeple who don't know this, Yuri is Eric's dad, also like the video cause don't be bitch