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Apr 27, 2016

The Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster 30th Anniversary

The Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster 30th Anniversary

30 Years ago the world experienced it's worst nuclear disaster ever. A reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in the Ukraine went into meltdown. A large area around the site is still a uninhabitable and is part of an exclusion zone. This means pretty much nothing has changed there in those 30 years, making it a favorite destination for thrill seekers and UrbEx enthusiasts.

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A picture of Soviet state founder Vladimir Lenin is seen in a kindergarten in the abandoned city of Pripyat near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant GLEB GARANICH/REUTERS

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A ferris wheel is seen in the abandoned city of Pripyat near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant GLEB GARANICH/REUTERS

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The coat of arms of the former Soviet Union is seen on the roof of a house in the abandoned city of Pripyat near Chernobyl nuclear power plant GLEB GARANICH/REUTERS

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A cat is seen in front of a ferris wheel in the abandoned city of Pripyat near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant GLEB GARANICH/REUTERS

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A Ferris Wheel is seen in the abandoned city of Pripyat near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant GLEB GARANICH/REUTERS

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A view of the abandoned city of Pripyat is seen near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant GLEB GARANICH/REUTERS

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A doll is seen amongst beds at a kindergarten in the abandoned city of Pripyat near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant GLEB GARANICH/REUTERS

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Toys are left in a kindergarten in the abandoned city of Pripyat near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant GLEB GARANICH/REUTERS

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A doll in a children's gas mask is seen amongst beds at a kindergarten in the abandoned city of Pripyat near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant GLEB GARANICH/REUTERS

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A children's gas mask is seen at a kindergarten in the abandoned city of Pripyat near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant GLEB GARANICH/REUTERS

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A house is seen in the abandoned village of Zalesye near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant GLEB GARANICH/REUTERS

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А baby cot is seen in a house in the abandoned village of Zalesye near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant GLEB GARANICH/REUTERS

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A view of an amusement park in the centre of the abandoned town of Pripyat near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant GLEB GARANICH/REUTERS

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A white-tailed eagle lands on a wolf's carcass in the 30 km (19 miles) exclusion zone around the Chernobyl nuclear reactor, in the abandoned village of Dronki, Belarus, February 15, 2016. VASILY FEDOSENKO/REUTERS

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A wolf looks into the camera at the 30 km (19 miles) exclusion zone around the Chernobyl nuclear reactor in the abandoned village of Orevichi, Belarus, March 2, 2016. VASILY FEDOSENKO/REUTERS

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Elks are seen in the 30 km (19 miles) exclusion zone around the Chernobyl nuclear reactor near the abandoned village of Dronki, Belarus, January 28, 2016. VASILY FEDOSENKO/REUTERS

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Ruined farm's buildings are seen in the 30 km (19 miles) exclusion zone around the Chernobyl nuclear reactor in the abandoned village of Pogonnoe, Belarus, March 13, 2016. VASILY FEDOSENKO/REUTERS

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A wolf crosses a road in a forest in the 30 km (19 miles) exclusion zone around the Chernobyl nuclear reactor near the abandoned village of Dronki, Belarus, April 2, 2016. VASILY FEDOSENKO/REUTERS

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A tawny owl leaves a chimney in the 30 km (19 miles) exclusion zone around the Chernobyl nuclear reactor in the abandoned village of Kazhushki, Belarus, March 16, 2016. VASILY FEDOSENKO/REUTERS

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A fox walks through the 30 km (19 miles) exclusion zone around the Chernobyl nuclear reactor near the abandoned village of Babchin, Belarus, March 5, 2016. VASILY FEDOSENKO/REUTERS

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Abandoned and ruined house is seen near Ivan Shamyanok's house in the village of Tulgovichi, near the exclusion zone around the Chernobyl nuclear reactor, Belarus April 1, 2016. VASILY FEDOSENKO/REUTERS

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A kettle stands on a stove in Ivan Shamyanok's house in the village of Tulgovichi, near the exclusion zone around the Chernobyl nuclear reactor, Belarus April 2, 2016. VASILY FEDOSENKO/REUTERS

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Ivan Shamyanok, 90, drinks tea in his house in the village of Tulgovichi, near the exclusion zone around the Chernobyl nuclear reactor, Belarus April 2, 2016. VASILY FEDOSENKO/REUTERS

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Ivan Shamyanok, 90, sits in front of his house in the village of Tulgovichi, near the exclusion zone around the Chernobyl nuclear reactor, Belarus April 2, 2016. VASILY FEDOSENKO/REUTERS

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A view of the abandoned city of Pripyat is seen near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant GLEB GARANICH/REUTERS

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A view of the abandoned city of Pripyat is seen near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant GLEB GARANICH/REUTERS

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Employees work at construction of the New Safe Confinement (NSC) structure at the site of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor GLEB GARANICH/REUTERS

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Journalists ride in a bus near a sarcophagus covering the damaged fourth reactor at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant GLEB GARANICH/REUTERS

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A view of the abandoned city of Pripyat is seen near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant GLEB GARANICH/REUTERS

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A view of the abandoned city of Pripyat is seen near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant GLEB GARANICH/REUTERS

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Employee inspects remains of an elk in the 30 km (19 miles) exclusion zone around the Chernobyl nuclear reactor near the abandoned village of Babchin VASILY FEDOSENKO/REUTERS

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Hare sits on an empty road at the 30 km (19 miles) exclusion zone around the Chernobyl nuclear reactor in the abandoned village of Radin VASILY FEDOSENKO/REUTERS

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Monument of Vladimir Lenin and abandoned building are seen at the 30 km (19 miles) exclusion zone around the Chernobyl nuclear reactor in the abandoned village of Orevichi VASILY FEDOSENKO/REUTERS

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Eagle sits on a wolf's carcass in the 30 km (19 miles) exclusion zone around the Chernobyl nuclear reactor, in an abandoned village of Dronki VASILY FEDOSENKO/REUTERS

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Chernobyl nuclear power station is seen from a tower in the 30 km (19 miles) exclusion zone around the Chernobyl nuclear reactor, in the abandoned village of Krasnoselie VASILY FEDOSENKO/REUTERS

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Tree grows out of the door of an abandoned barn in the 30 km (19 miles) exclusion zone around the Chernobyl nuclear reactor, in the abandoned village of Krasnoselie VASILY FEDOSENKO/REUTERS

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An undated family photograph shows Olga Korolova (R) before the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in in the town of Pripyat, Ukraine. HANDOUT/REUTERS

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An undated photograph shows Zoya Perevozchenko (R) before the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in the town of Pripyat, Ukraine. HANDOUT/REUTERS

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A toy is seen in a flat which was evacuated after an explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, in the ghost town of Pripyat, Ukraine April 18, 2016. GLEB GARANICH/REUTERS

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Moss is seen growing on a child's slipper in the ghost town of Pripyat which was evacuated after an explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, Ukraine April 18, 2016. GLEB GARANICH/REUTERS

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Rusty lids of jars are scattered across the top of a broken cupboard in a flat which was evacuated after an explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, in the ghost town of Pripyat, Ukraine April 18, 2016. GLEB GARANICH/REUTERS

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Tatyana Chernyavskaya, 65, poses for a photograph in her flat which was evacuated after an explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, in the ghost town of Pripyat, Ukraine April 18, 2016. GLEB GARANICH/REUTERS

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Roman Chernyavskiy, 32, poses for a photograph in his flat which was evacuated after an explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, in the ghost town of Pripyat, Ukraine April 18, 2016. GLEB GARANICH/REUTERS

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Oleksiy Yermakov, 41, poses for a photograph in his flat which was evacuated after an explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, in the ghost town of Pripyat, Ukraine April 5, 2016. GLEB GARANICH/REUTERS

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A lamp hangs in a flat which was evacuated after an explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, in the ghost town of Pripyat, Ukraine April 18, 2016. GLEB GARANICH/REUTERS

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