Chilling Photos That Show What Chernobyl Looks Like Today

On April 26, 1986, Reactor Four in the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant overheated and exploded, causing one of the worst nuclear disasters of all time. The nearby city of Pripyat was evacuated and many were left dead or seriously ill. Even today, the area around the Chernobyl plant is uninhabitable.

It took weeks for the Soviet Union to admit to their mistakes, and it has taken nearly twenty years for Ukraine to allow people to return to the nuclear zone for short visits. Today, people are able to tour and photograph what’s left of the nuclear ghost town. Read on and see the incredibly eerie photographs of what remains today in Chernobyl.

The Entire City Of Pripyat Was Evacuated

The city of Pripyat, Ukraine, was built just to house the workers of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. The workers and their families totaled more than 49,000 and the Soviet Union town would be considered similar to a coal mining town in America.

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The city was originally meant to be much smaller, but at the time of the disaster, it included fifteen elementary schools, one hospital, ten different gyms, and three indoor swimming pools. All of them became abandoned.