27 years ago, the Chernobyl disaster occurred in Pripyat, Ukraine. The event was a catastrophic nuclear accident that occurred on 26 April 1986 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. It is one of the worst nuclear power plant accidents in history.
The town was abandoned, the power plant encased in concrete and to this day there are abnormal radiation levels in the area. Pripyat still stands, but people are restricted from living there and the remnants of the city would chill anyone to the bone:
27 years ago the town of Pripyat, Russia, was abandoned due to the Chernobyl disaster.
Przewalski’s horses have been released in the area, which is so abandoned it acts as an animal reserve.
Pripyat has six shops, two cafes, several gyms, and a library. People under the age of 18 are still banned from living there.
There are real-time radiation reports throughout the city.
A statue of Lenin still stands in the town.
Memorial signs for resettled villages.
A monument stands for the rescuers who initially went into the city; many are now dead from cancer.
The clean-up equipment was abandoned on the spot.
The only active church in Pripyat; townsfolk claim the radiation is lower there.
“Here lives the master of the house” – a sign warns looters that the house is inhabited.
Thousands of buses, cars and trucks were used to take 12,000 families and 100,000 heads of cattle, pigs, sheep, and horses to safety the day of the accident.
People are restricted from living in Pripyat more than 2 weeks in a row.
Mother Nature took over where humans left off.
According to the Soviet Union (which still stood at the time), there were only 31 deaths. No one knows if this number is accurate, but the deaths from radiation poisoning and related illnesses are much higher.