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Remembering Chernobyl (Чорнобиль)

To view more photos and videos from Pripyat, explore the Pripyat (Припять) and Chernobyl location pages, or browse the #pripyat and #chernobyl hashtags.

On this day 28 years ago, a catastrophic nuclear accident at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine resulted in a huge plume of radioactive contamination and the relocation of more than 350,000 people. The Chernobyl disaster is one of only two nuclear accidents classified as a level seven on the International Nuclear Event Scale (the other being the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in 2011).

Chernobyl and the nearby town of Pripyat remain in the same state today as they were in April, 1986. Bold tourists and many Instagrammers have visited the still heavily contaminated site, sticking to an official route after it opened to the public in 2010. Russian Instagrammer Roman Palchenkov (@palchenkov) recently visited the site: “Being there, in the silence, darkness, and cold, and standing in the empty room of regular house, I was able to understand what a catastrophic nuclear disaster means for people and cities.”

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Chernobyl, 27 Years Later

For more photos from Chernobyl, check out the Chernobyl and Pripyat (Припять) location pages, or search for photos tagged with #Pripyat, #Припять, #Chernobyl and #Чернобыль.

On this day 27 years ago, an explosion at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant near the city of Pripyat, Ukraine, killed dozens of people and released a plume of radioactive fallout that would eventually require the relocation of more than 350,000 people.

The event ranks as the worst nuclear disaster in history. The area immediately surrounding Chernobyl is still too radioactive for habitation and will remain so for another 20,000 years. Until recently, an exclusion zone of 19 miles (30 km) extended in all directions from the power plant, which is now entombed in concrete. In 2011, however, Ukraine opened up this area to tourists, giving the world a peek into a town abandoned and untouched for nearly three decades.

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Chernobyl (Чорнобиль)

At 1:23 AM on 26 April 1986, a catastrophic nuclear accident occurred at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine, which was then under the jurisdiction of the Soviet Union. An explosion and fire released radioactive contamination that spread all the way to Europe. Chernobyl is one of only two nuclear accidents classified as a level 7 on the International Nuclear Event Scale (the other being Fukushima Daiichi in 2011).

Chernobyl and the nearby town of Pripyat remain in the same state today as they were in April, 1986. Bold tourists may visit the still heavily contaminated site, but must stick to an official route. A number of Instagrammers embarked on the trip and shared their photos.