Pripyat is a town in the north of Ukraine, not far from the border with Belarus.
It is best known for the accident with nuclear reactor number 4 on April 26th, 1986 in the nearby town Chernobyl.
The ionizing radiation resulting from this accident is still so strong that the authorities find it irresponsible to live there.
The town falls within the so-called alienation zone, which runs around the nuclear power plant in a radius of 30 kilometers and is not freely accessible.
Pripyat was founded on February 4th, 1970, as the ninth nuclear – and a model – city (a type of closed city) in the Soviet Union, to serve the nearby Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant.
It was officially proclaimed a city in 1979, and had grown to a population of 49360 people by the time it was evacuated on the afternoon, a day after the Chernobyl disaster.
The evacuation started 24 hours after the disaster and took about 2 and a half hours.
Pripyat is supervised by Ukraine’s Ministry of Emergencies, which manages activities for the entire Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.
The radiation is less strong in the surrounding region, but five million people also live there in contaminated areas.
There are guided tours for tourists, starting from Kiev.
It is not possible to acces the site on your own because of tour own safety and military checkpoints you have to pass.
Nature has taken over in this area: there are trees growing out of buildings and animals like bears and foxes are spotted there.
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