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7 places transformed by disasters

By: chief on May 10, 2010, 7:24 a.m.
A deserted room inside a building in the abandoned town of Pripyat, Ukraine

Photo: ZUMA Press

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Pripyat, Ukraine

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.