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10 places ruined by man-made catastrophes

By: Bryan Nelson on Jan. 23, 2012, 9:04 a.m.
An abandoned bumper car rink in Pripyat, overgrown with grass and other plants

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Pripyat, Ukraine

Located within the Chernobyl disaster zone, Pripyat, Ukraine, was ground zero for the worst nuclear disaster in history when an accident destroyed a plant reactor on April 26, 1986. The city, which once bustled with nearly 50,000 residents, is now an Orwellian ghost town. Radiation levels remain too high for permanent human habitation, though it is considered safe for tourists to visit. The vanquished city's ghoulish ambiance includes an old amusement park, with a rickety, abandoned Ferris wheel and empty, lifeless bumper cars.