Something happened on 26 April 1986…

The Chernobyl accident …. told in pictures taken 20 years on ….

Fans of Silent Hill will find these pictures strangely familiar …

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“The sign on the road to Pripyat, the town where the workers of the nuclear plant lived.”

The bridge of death

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“After the explosion at Reactor 4 the people of Pripyat flocked on the railway bridge just outside the city to get a good view of the reactor and see what had happened.

Initially, everyone was told that radiation level was minimal and that they were safe. Little did they know that much of the radiation had been blown onto this bridge in a huge spike.”

They saw a beautiful rainbow coloured flames of the burning graphite nuclear core, whose flames were higher than the smoke stack itself. All of them are dead now – they were exposed to levels of over 500 roentgens, which is a fatal dose.

Schools

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“Deserted secondary school near Chernobyl, Illinsty, Ukraine. Dec 1995 0.96.07.01.19”

(Image credits:left: Vivo (Ben) and right: Anosmia )

Left: “One of the five schools of Pripyat, each teaching about 1000 children. The schools have remained relatively intact considering the problems with looters eight years ago. I guess books don’t hold much value to the poor. “

Right:”At a 20th anniversary Chernobyl exhibit on Capitol Hill.”

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“Children will never run here again.”

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“Gym class”

Kindergarten

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On the left: “Stairs on the creche/kindergarten near the center of Pripyat.”; on the right: “Broken doll on top of a corner cupboard in one of the rooms in the creche/kindergarten in the center of Pripyat.”

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“Nursery in the creche/kindergarten”.

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”Child’s big toy car in one of the rooms of the creche/kindergarten”.

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The note says “Rabbit”.

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“Hay stuffed toy”.

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Pripyat funfair

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“Pripyat funfair was due to be opened on May 1st. The Chernobyl disaster happened April 26th.

No one ever managed to ride the ferries wheel. It remains one of the most irradiated parts of Pripyat since the disaster, making it still dangerous today, 22 years on.”

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“Bumper car ride in the amusement park in central Pripyat, it was to be opened on the May 1st celebrations of 1986, five days after the accident”

(Image credits:Pedro Moura Pinheiro )

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“Ferris wheel control or ticket booth in the amusement park .. I’m sure the plush teddy bear was placed there later by someone looking for an emotional photo, but it’s interesting also to document the later attempts of using the accident to achieve certain media goals.”

Hospital

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“Hospital corridor”.

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“Found just outside the surgery in the hospital. This hospital received many of Reactor 4’s first victims for treatment immediately after the explosion. The hospital itself however was already exposed to huge amounts of radiation.

Every rescue worker who attended the initial explosion was killed by radiation poisoning.”

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Swimming Pool

Olympic athletes must have been training here for the 70’s/80’s. The pool is really huge – this place must’ve been the best around.

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Other buildings

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“Pripyat, ghost city abandoned after chernobyl catastrophe, has grown to a forest. nature takes over and invades and collapses human creations the views remind some apocalyptic films like I am a Legend; Views from highest building in town, a former Hotel“.

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“Radiated Apartment Building”.

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The Government have left us – “From what I saw inside, I’d presume this was the local government building. There was a political event scheduled for a few days after the explosion and there are many pamphlets and banners still inside. “

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“These extremely well preserved posters are the last evidence of what the city’s inhabitants were like. I’m unsure of the details but I believe these men were politicians”.

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We can see hammer and sickle on the roof.

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Left: “Dismantled sofa-bed in one of the apartments in the 16 story residential apartment”

Right: “Elevator call button in the 16 story residential apartment building facing the central square of Pripyat.”

(Image credits:Pedro Moura Pinheiro )

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“Electrical junction box in the 16 story residential apartment building”

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Left: “Sofa under an open back window in one of the apartments in the 16 story residential apartment building”

Right: “Broken ceiling light fixture in one of the apartments in the 16 story residential apartment”

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“Newspaper used as a backing to glue the wallpaper in one of the apartments in the 16 story residential apartment building facing the central square of Pripyat.”

Newspapers title: “Pravda” (Truth) – the official propaganda newspaper of the Soviet Union

Newspapers date: “Wednesday, 25th of May 1983”

Articles title on the left: “Africa fights and builds”

Other title at the bottom: “Land owners”

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Translations from the top to bottom:

“Store #1”

“Rainbow”

“Happy to provide service from 11 to 20 (?)

Lunch from 14 to 15”

“Saturday from 9 to 17

Lunch from 13 to 14”

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“400m away from the reactor (max allowed)” “2.0 rt being off-scale of the reader-device. average radiation level of a non contaminated area: 0.010 rt/m2″

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Two more reactors, no. 5 and 6, capable of producing 1 GW each, were under construction at the time of the disaster.

Living creatures

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“These whikeers-fish survived and developed countermeasures against the deadly radiation levels of the contaminated water in the rivers surrounding Chernobyl. we didn’t go there to have a splash with them but we fed them big chunks of bread that were guzzled in the blink of an eye !! “.

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