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The Chernobyl disaster was a nuclear reactor accident in 1986 in the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in the Soviet Union (now Northern Ukraine). It was the worst nuclear power plant accident in history and the only instance of Level 7 on the International Nuclear Event Scale, resulting in a severe release of radioactivity into the environment following a massive power surge which destroyed the reactor.

The town of Prypiat was home to the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant workers that was hastely abandoned as it became contaminated with radioactive fall-out. Its population had been around 50,000 prior to the accident. It is now a ghost town.

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  1. # Blogger MarkR

    I personally visited the Chernobyl area for two days in June 2006 with a friend who is a former resident of Pripyat. We toured the Chernobyl Plant (including the Reactor 4 control room), several of the abandoned villages, and Pripyat. I have posted a photo journal of my trip at:

    My Journey to Chernobyl: 20 Years After the Disaster  

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