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7 places forever changed by eco-disasters

By: Catie Leary on Oct. 16, 2009, 11:21 p.m.

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On April 26, 1986, a reactor at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in the former Soviet city of Pripyat exploded, releasing massive amounts of radioactive material into the air. About 135,000 people in the surrounding areas were evacuated and 237 suffered or died in the following three months from serious illnesses linked to exposure to radiation. Today, Pripyat is a ghost town aside from the abundance of wildlife overtaking the once-bustling city.