10 pictures reveal how Chernobyl fallout zone looks today

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Once home to some 50,000 people whose lives were connected to the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, the Ukranian town of Pripyat was hastily evacuated one day after a reactor at the plant 2 miles away exploded on April 26, 1986.

The explosion and the subsequent fire spewed a radioactive plume over much of northern Europe — and millions suffered from the fallout.

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Once a model Soviet workers’ town — neat high-rise apartment buildings and streets converging on a plaza that housed a hotel and a cultural center — Pripyat is now a model of technology gone catastrophically wrong. As such, it’s long abandoned from those who fear harmful radioactive exposure.

Except, that is, for strange tourists.

Tourist companies offer day trips to Pripyat and the area around the plant, where after 30 years radiation levels have receded just enough to make brief

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