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UKR: Chernobyl

PRYPYAT, UKRAINE - JUNE, 2006: Views of Prypyat, a joyful town established in 1970 which population of more than 45,000 habitants, seen here with the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in the background, on June 1, 2006 inside the Chernobyl exclusion, Ukraine. It is located only about 1.5km from the Chernobyle nuclear power plant, and was entirely evacuated on April 27, 1986, the day after the Chernobyl explosion. Today, it is a ghost town and entry is still forbidden. (Photo by Patrick Landmann/Getty Images)

Chernobyl today

Twenty-seven years on from the nuclear disaster at Chernobyl, a look at life inside the exclusion zone. The Chernobyl disaster that occurred on 26 April 1986 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine is considered to be the worst nuclear power plant accident in history. An explosion and fire released large quantities of radioactive particles into the atmosphere, which spread over much of Western USSR and Europe. The official Soviet casualty count of 31 deaths has been disputed, and long-term effects such as cancers and deformities are still being accounted for.