Thursday, September 27, 2012

Prypiat, the ghost town of Chernobyl

When the Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster took place in 1986, a large area of land was heavily contaminated by radioactivity. The Soviet government ordered the evacuation of over 90,000 people living in proximity to the disaster area. Inside the so-called Chernobyl Exclusion Zone lies the now abandoned city of Prypiat.

Pripyat was founded in 1970 to house workers for the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. Officially proclaimed a city in 1979, its population reached 50,000 people before the accident. Pripyat was a fully functional city with 15 primary schools, one hospital, malls and restaurants and a primarily young population of factory workers. 

After the Chernobyl disaster, the residents had 2 days to evacuate the city. They were told to carry with them their documents, a few vital personal belongings and some food. Everything else was left behind. Today, the levels of radioactivity have decreased significantly and the city, although still excluded and guarded by the army, is visited by guided tours. 






The fourth reactor of the former Chernobyl Nuclear power plant in the background









Inside a school building in Pripyat.


Beds inside a kindergarten in the city of Pripyat






This amusement park was getting ready for the May 1 celebrations when the reactor No. 4 of the Chernobyl Nuclear Plant exploded on April 26, 1986


Gas masks in middle school kept in case of a US cold war nuclear attack


Pripyat greenhouses


Pripyat Hospital operating room


Pripyat Stadium











Swing boats and Ferris wheel


Pripyat Movie Theater (click to enlarge)


Pripyat Music School and Theatre (click to enlarge)


Sports Palace (click to enlarge)


Sports Palace (click to enlarge)


Pripyat Stadium (click to enlarge)


Pripyat Mechanic Shop (click to enlarge)





























Pripyat panorama (click to enlarge)


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2 comments:

  1. I saw in the one picture you got of the 2 hallways, there were 2 legs and feet in the picture. Very cool!

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  2. belle peut être les photos mais trop triste quand on pense a toutes c'est personnes de mortes et les autre qui meure encore pour de la bêtise humaine

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