Pripyat is an abandoned city in northern Ukraine, near the border with Belarus. The ghost town was named after the nearby Pripyat River. The city was evacuated after the explosion of the nearby Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant.
On April 26, 1986, during a test to see how much power was needed to keep the No. 4 reactor operating in the event of a blackout, the No. 4 reactor of Chernobyl Nuclear Station exploded causing fire, which lead in next days to huge damage of the building, releasing extremely dangerous amounts of radioactive chemicals into the air.
Map of microdistrict locations in the town of Pripyat.
The town closest to the No. 4 reactor was Pripyat, a city of 49,000 founded in 1970 to house workers from Chernobyl. It had 15 primary schools, a large hospital complex, 25 stores, 10 gyms, along with parks, cinemas, factories, pool, amusement park, and other marks of a thriving community.
It is in the first microdistrict that the most recognizable locations from the famous game “Stalker: Call of Pripyat” are located. River station, department store, KBO and 1st school. All locations in the game look bright, there is no grayness and the picture is not depressing. In reality, the first microdistrict of Pripyat looks very gloomy, especially in the morning in gloomy weather. There are only a few nine-story buildings near the river station and the checkpoint. Most of the five-story houses are completely surrounded by trees and other vegetation, which makes it impossible to take pictures from the roof.
Map of District 1 of Pripyat, showing building locations and heights
This dull, little-explored place by illegal tourists can bring sadness to anyone who comes here. A very sad picture of the monotony of emergency five-story buildings, frightening silence and uncertainty. Not far from the place where I managed to walk, there is the same medical unit with a radioactive basement, which in the first days of the tragedy at the nuclear power plant received the victims.
When there was an explosion at the nuclear power plant, the first microdistrict of Pripyat absorbed the most of damage. Even now, the level of radiation in some places here is 10 times higher than normal. Below you will find 40+ photos of Distric 1 of Pripyat inside Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.
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