Chernobyl & Pripyat

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The Chernobyl forest. These trees are deeply sick. Their branches were twisted by high levels of ionized radiation.

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Strangely, the Chernobyl area is gradually becoming a sort of natural park. With the evacuation of humans, nature is back in charge.

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A Pravda from 1988 – two years after the catastrophe. Tens of thousands of Soviet citizens worked for years to reduce contamination levels arising from the Chernobyl plant. Thousands developed cancer later.

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Duga-3 was a gigantic early warning radar for the anti-ballistic missile defenses of the USSR in the 1970s and 1980s. The only similar radar ever built, near the Amur river in Siberia, has long been dismantled.

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Located only a few kilometers from the nuclear plant, Duga-3 is about 160 meters high and 500 meters wide. It has not been scrapped because its metal remains contaminated by radiation.

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It is possible (but not too safe) to climb the Duga-3 radar.

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A diary entry from 1984. Countless personal objects were left behind when the Chernobyl area was evacuated.

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A highly contaminated kindergarten. This is common dirt mixed with radioactive dust.

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Pripyat had 50,000 inhabitants when it was abandoned.

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Once a cinema hall, now the relic of a bygone era.

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“Stronger”.

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Gas-protective masks, abundantly available in Pripyat, were not enough to provide defense against radionuclides.

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While most of what you see is the direct result of the 1986 evacuation, later visitors to Pripyat also left their marks.

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The cooling tower is a Modern Coliseum of sorts.

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Acoustics are extraordinary inside the Reactor 5 cooling tower. Shout anything and you’ll hear your voice reverberating for several seconds.

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Reaching another contaminated junkyard near the reactors.

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At the office of the Jupiter plant’s manager.

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1980s music. Now silent.

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Café Pripyat was probably the place to be 30 years ago.

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Yes, there are fish and other forms of life in the lake, but they are too toxic for human consumption.

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A collective dormitory.

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Entering a 16-floor residential building.

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“And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day” (Jude 1:6-7)

All pictures by Thomaz Napoleão Photography.

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