Friday, February 3, 2012

Chernobyl and Pripyat

Abandoned in Pripyat after the Chernobyl disaster

The April 1986 disaster at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in the Ukraine was the product of a flawed Soviet reactor design coupled with serious mistakes made by the plant operators. This area of Ukraine is described as Belarussian-type woodland with a low population density. About 3 km away from the reactor, in the new city, Pripyat, there were 49,000 inhabitants. The old town of Chornobyl, which had a population of 12,500, is about 15 km to the southeast of the complex.  

Today, the only residents are deer and wolves along with a solitary guard.

Info from here and here

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