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Nature flourishes in the deserted city

Pripiat Ukraine

Collection Yann Arthus-Bertrand

compulsory mention in the credits :
GoodPlanet / Yann Arthus-Bertrand / Aerialcollection

Format : 4K

Reference : UA1406-HM001609

Keywords : USSR Soviet Tchernobyl abandoned accident atom atomic aerial building building catastrophy environment ghost building nuclear paysage urbain pollution polluted radiation city ville fantôme polluted city ecology ecological

Named after the nearby Pripyat River, Pripyat was founded on 4 February 1970, as the ninth nuclear city (a type of closed city) in the Soviet Union, to serve the nearby Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. It was officially proclaimed a city in 1979, and had grown to a population of 50 000 by the time it was evacuated, on the afternoon of April 27, 1986, the day after the Chernobyl disaster.
30 years after, it has become a haven for wildlife - a nature reserve in all but name.
The exclusion zone around the Chernobyl nuclear power station is teeming with life.