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Chernobyl, Ukraine, Location Feature,

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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Want to see more photos? Check out pictures taken at Pripyat (Припять) or tagged #pripyat or #chernobyl

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.