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In the wee hours of this morning, 25 years ago, the Chernobyl disaster took place. In the immediate aftermath a city of 50,000 people, the automograd (atom city) of Prypiat, was abandoned and became a ghost town. The actual evacuation of the city took place on the 27th

25 years later, the human population remains zero, and nature is slowly tearing the place down. There is excellent footage of Prypiat filmed five years ago in the History Channel’s “Life After People” documentary. Weeds and winters are slowly tearing down the city – concrete is failing, windows are broken by natural stresses, and it is beginning to look like a scene from Fallout 3 or New Vegas, minus the super mutants (the photo below, of the Palace of Culture, really looks like it is from one of those games rather than a real world city).

Take a beautiful tour of the city here.

Palace of Culture

Palace of Culture photo by Tim Suess

This is post #22 in the A to Z Blogging Challenge – V is the Vestiges of Prypiat

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