Pripyat

28. Pripyat 1970


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Just a few km from the plant is the abandoned city of Pripyat. Construction of this city started simultaneously with the power plant in 1970, to be a place where the workers on the plant could live. It was hastily evacuated about two days after the disaster, when the authorities realised that the radiation levels in the city was raising to alarming levels. Today it stands as a modern city of ruins, a most eerie experience.

This sign is some km away from the town. The road to the town entrance passes over the railway bridge, also known as the "bridge of death", becase on that fateful night, people gathered here to view the spectacle of the burning reactor, not knowing how much radiation they were exposed to.