Exploring Chernobyl Pripyat Ukraine Abandoned Ghost City and Fairground
I spent 5 days within the Chernobyl exclusion zone. Exploring and photographing the Chernobyl disaster area and the now abandoned ghost city of Pripyat Ukraine. Armed with my camera and a radiation geiger counter.
Having spent much of my youth playing Call of Duty 4 it was quite surreal to see in person all those familiar game maps as the real life locations and the iconic Chernobyl abandoned fairground, the Pripyat amusement park.
The Chernobyl disaster, also referred to as the Chernobyl accident, was a catastrophic nuclear accident. It occurred on 26 April 1986 in the No.4 light water graphite moderated reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant near Pripyat, in what was then part of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic of the Soviet Union.
Most of the workers at Chernobyl lived in the nearby city of Pripyat.
Pripyat was founded on 4 February 1970, as the ninth nuclear city (a type of closed city) in the Soviet Union, to serve the nearby Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. It was officially proclaimed a city in 1979, and had grown to a population of 49,360 by the time it was evacuated, on the afternoon of April 27, 1986, the day after the Chernobyl disaster.
Nuclear radiation because of the long-lived radiation in the region surrounding the former Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, the area won’t be safe for human habitation for at least 20,000 years.
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