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.
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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