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Exploring Chernobyl Pripyat Ukraine Abandoned Ghost City and Fairground

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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Ferris wheel Chernobyl and Pripyat
Ferris wheel Chernobyl and Pripyat

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Chernobyl This used to be a fun place

The Pripyat amusement park in Pripyat, Ukraine was an upcoming amusement park. It was to be opened on May 1, 1986, in time for the May Day celebrations decorations for this event are still in place in Pripyat today but the plans were interrupted when on April 26 the Chernobyl disaster occurred a few kilometers away. The park was opened for a couple of hours on April 27 to keep the city people entertained before the announcement to evacuate the city was made. Today, the park, and in particular the Ferris wheel, are a symbol of the Chernobyl disaster. The amusement park itself is located behind the Palace of Culture in the centre of the city.

Chernobyl This used to be a fun place
Chernobyl This used to be a fun place

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