Updated: Fri, 26 Apr 2013 02:30:00 GMT | By Tom Phillips
Ghosts of Chernobyl: pictures from the abandoned town of Pripyat

27 years on from the Chernobyl disaster



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The Ukrainian town of Pripyat has been abandoned since the Chernobyl nuclear reactor blast on April 26, 1986. The town - which was built to house workers at the Chernobyl plant - was home to around 49,000 people before the disaster; afterwards, it became part of the contaminated Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, with its entire population evacuated and the town left empty.

These haunting pictures show what was left behind.

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