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Chernobyl Disaster 360 Degree Photos Show Radiation Ghost Town 30 Years Later

A panoramic view inside the 'restricted' radiation zone.

25/04/2016 21:52

Haunting 360 degree photos show the abandoned homes, schools and hospitals inside the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, thirty years after the catastrophic nuclear disaster

The meltdown of reactor number four at Ukraine's Chernobyl reactor led to the creation of a 'restricted zone' contaminated by radiation, with the town of Pripyat evacuated of approximately 43,000 people.

The town where the plant stood has remained a ghost town since the 1986 accident, which spewed radioactive fallout across the globe.

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A blackened doll lies on a bed in an abandoned kindergarten.

Thirty-one people died in the meltdown but the radiation leak could have affected up to a million people in surrounding countries.

The long-term effects are still being investigated, but some estimates suggest cancer deaths caused by Chernobyl may reach 4,000. A rise in mutations in animals in nearby countries were recorded after the meltdown. 

A series of breathtaking panoramic photos show the disaster's effect on the city, which lies abandoned with empty playgrounds, a crumbling hospital, and beds that are untouched since the accident.

Rotting wooden bleachers sit at the former football pitch and plastic gloves lie on an examining table in a former morgue.

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A rusting gynecology chair outside the crumbling former hospital.

Pripyat was built in the 1970s as a model Soviet city to house the workers of the plant and their families.

Chernobyl was the world's worst civilian nuclear accident, releasing four hundred times more radioactive material than the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. 

The cause of the accident is disputed, with some parties blaming operators' actions and others the reactor's design.

These panoramic photos commemorate the 30th anniversary of the 26 April disaster.

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    Rusting medical equipment in the crumbling former hospital.
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    Gas masks lie scattered on the floor of a former classroom in elementary school number three.
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     A car stands among abandoned houses.
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    Books lie strewn across the floor in a former classroom in elementary school number three.
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    A former restaurant stands at the main square.
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    A rusting vending machine stands next to a former river-front cafe.
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    Plastic gloves lie on an examining table in a former morgue.
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    Former elementary school number three stands near apartment blocks.
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    A climbing rope hangs from the ceiling in a former gymnasium in elementary school number five.
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    Bumper cars in a former amusement park.
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    A sign over a door reads: 'Pharmacy' in the former hospital .
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    A rusting ferris wheel and ticket booth.
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    A rusting merry-go-round.
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    A stained-glass window stands in a former river-front cafe.
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    Pupils' desks and chairs stand scattered in a former classroom in elementary school number three.
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    A bed stands in a room in an abandoned house.
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    Rotting wooden bleachers at the former football pitch.
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    A children's slide stands among former apartment buildings.
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    Crumbling steps lead to the former cultural palace.
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    A plate, bottles and a notebook lie on a table in an abandoned house.
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    Children's beds stand in an abandoned kindergarten.
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    Pupils' desks and chairs stacked in a former classroom in elementary school number five.
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    An information poster in Russian stands among debris in the former hospital.
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    A hall with a stage at one end stands in an abandoned municipal building.
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    Posters in Russian hang from the wall of a room in elementary school number three.
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    Former multi-storey apartment buildings.
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    A statue of a Soviet Red Army soldier stands at a memorial to Soviet soldiers killed in fighting against the Germans in the region during World War II.
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    A sign warning of radiation contamination near former apartment buildings.

 

 

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