Chernobyl is forever etched in history as one of the worst nuclear disaster that happened on Earth. On the fateful day of April 26, 1986, the Chernobyl Nuclear Station in Ukraine exploded and released extremely dangerous amounts of radioactive materials in the atmosphere. The catastrophe was the result of a flawed reactor design managed by inadequately trained plant operators. The explosion killed approximately 30 people and indirectly killed several other thousands due to cancers and other illnesses caused by radiation exposure.
Today, Pripyat is an empty shell and a haunting reminder of what once has been a vibrant city that champions man’s nuclear ambitions. The remains of the city were left undisturbed and frozen in time. Personal belongings, communist propaganda, children’s toys, books and pictures lay abandoned. The area 30 kilometres (19 miles) in all directions from the Chernobyl plant is uninhabited except for a very few who refused to leave. It is called the ‘zone of alienation’.
After almost three decades of abandonment, Pripyat and its surrounding areas are being swallowed up by the forest and wildlife. It is as if Nature is taking back what belongs to her.