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Chernobyl/Pripyat, Ukraine

The Abandoned Fairgound


Pripyat is located 3 km north of the Chernobyl plant and was built as a city to house the Chernobyl Plant workers. Construction of the city began in 1970. Pripyat had a population of 49,000 - now it's a dead city - no one lives here, and special permission is required to enter the city limits.


Two days after the explosions at the Chernobyl plant, Pripyat was evacuated. 1,000 buses were brought in from Kiev to the outskirts of the city, preparing for a possible evacuation. The citizens were told to take 3 days worth of clothing and necessities with them, though the government knew the people would never return to their homes.

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Taken on April 22, 2008