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28 Unsettling Photos From Chernobyl That'll Give You Goosebumps

These haunting photos show the aftermath of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster. The incident occurred in the now-abandoned Pripyat, Ukraine and required the evacuation of 40,000 residents. All image context provided by Imgur user ex9gagger

EDIT: An HBO Mini-series about the Chernobyl Disaster was released in 2019 and as a result there were many Chernobyl memes that came out around that time as a result of people learning more about the worst nuclear disaster in history. Even Russian president Vladimir Putin's media had a tough time handling the exposure that the Chernobyl miniseries caused about an event that's been covered-up and hushed-up from the moment it happened. The continued Russian reluctance to recognizing the severity of the disaster, and constant Russian attempts to suppress information about the subsequent mishandling has caused a sort of Streisand Effect and added to the mystique and allure of the otherwise taboo subject. Russian authorities were so worried with the...wait for it...fallout (pun intended) that they made the disaster worse than had they just admitted their mistakes right away.

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    An employee walks in the control center of the stopped third reactor of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Chernobyl, Ukraine
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    Via Reuters

    An employee walks at the control centre of the stopped third reactor at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Chernobyl, Ukraine April 20, 2018. - REUTERS/Gleb Garanich


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    A Chernobyl control panel inside a control room of the third reactor in Chernobyl

    A control panel inside a control room of the third reactor in Chernobyl on April 20, 2018 Gleb Garanich / Reuters


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    Chernobyl's NSC New Safe Confinement structure that houses the sarcophagus over the damaged forth reactor
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    Via The Sun

    "The New Safe Confinement (NSC) structure built over the old sarcophagus covering the damaged fourth reactor of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant" - ex9gagger

    "The steel sarcophagus keeping radiation in" - Credit: Reuters

    "The New Safe Confinement (NSC or New Shelter) is a structure built to confine the remains of the number 4 reactor unit at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, which was destroyed during the Chernobyl disaster in 1986." - Wikipedia

    "It is the biggest EVER movable structure." - NSC Wikipedia Info-Graphic


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    Journalists walk through the corridor of the third reactor at Chernobyl

    "Journalists walk through the corridor of the third reactor at Chernobyl" - ex9gagger



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    Chernobyl visitor holds a butterfly that landed on his room in the third reactor

    "A visitor holds a butterfly that was found in a pump room of the stopped third reactor at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant" - ex9gagger


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    Chernobyl meme almost of control room with a stark old telephone in the control room t

    "An old telephone sits in a control center of the third reactor in Chernobyl" - ex9gagger



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    eerie Chernobyl pic of a man walking down a dilapidated hallway wearing a hazmat suit
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    Via ex9gagger

    "An employee walks through the corridor of the third reactor at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant" - ex9gagger



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    Dogs of Chernobyl that were born there and are monitored for the effects of radiation
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    Via ex9gagger

    "Puppy Tax: Stray puppies play in an abandoned, partially completed cooling tower inside the exclusion zone at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant on August 18, 2017. An estimated 900 stray dogs live in the exclusion zone, many of them likely the descendants of dogs left behind following the mass evacuation of residents in the aftermath of the 1986 nuclear disaster. Volunteers, including veterinarians and radiation experts from around the world, are participating in an initiative called Dogs of Chernobyl, launched by the nonprofit Clean Futures Fund. Participants capture the dogs, study their radiation exposure, vaccinate them against parasites and diseases including rabies, tag the dogs, and release them again into the exclusion zone" - ex9gagger



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    Chernobyl bus leaves the Nuclear power plant
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    "A bus carrying workers leaves near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant" - ex9gagger



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    Abandoned Chernobyl house in Zalesye because it was included in the Chernobyl exclusion zone
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    Via ex9gagger

    "A house is seen in the abandoned village of Zalesye near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine" - ex9gagger



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    Chernobyl widows hold pictures of their husbands who died in the clean up effort
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    "Widows of Chernobyl victims hold portraits of their husbands, who died following the clean-up operations for the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear explosion, at Chernobyl's victim monument in Ukraine's capital Kiev" - ex9gagger

    Widows of Chernobyl victims hold portraits of their husbands who died following the clean-up operations for the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear explosion, at Chernobyl's victim monument in Ukraine's capital Kiev, Thursday, April 26, 2018. April 26 marks the 32nd anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. A reactor at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant exploded on April 26, 1986, leading to an explosion and the subsequent fire spewed a radioactive plume over much of northern Europe - Tarun Bharat



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    Chernobyl Liquidator that died in the cleanup has a tomb visited by his mother Vera Toptunova
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    Via ex9gagger

    "Vera Toptunova caress the tomb of her son Leonid, who was an engineer at the Chernobyl nuclear plant, at Mitino Memorial in Moscow, Russia, on April 26, 2018, on the 32nd anniversary of the disaster. About 600,000 people, often referred to as Chernobyl's "liquidators," were sent in to fight the fire at the nuclear plant after an explosion on April 26, 1986" - ex9gagger



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    Radiation sign along the Chernobyl 30 kilometer exclusion zone
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    Via ex9gagger

    "A radiation-warning sign stands near the check-point "Maidan" of the state radiation ecology reserve inside the 30-kilometer exclusion zone around the Chernobyl nuclear reactor, some 370 kilometers ( 231 miles) southeast of Minsk, Belarus" - ex9gagger



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    Chernobyl graffiti
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    Via ex9gagger

    "Graffiti on a building on the main square in the town of Pripyat, which was abandoned following the Chernobyl nuclear accident, on November 29, 2016, in Pripyat, Ukraine" - ex9gagger



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    Chernobyl fox
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    Via ex9gagger

    "A fox roams in the deserted town of Pripyat on December 22, 2016" - ex9gagger

    And here's a video of a Chernobyl fox making a sandwich after some people ignoring the exclusion zone brought some bread for the animal. 


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    Deserted central square in Pripyat after the Chernobyl nuclear plant disaster
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    Via ex9gagger

    "A central square in the deserted town of Pripyat on April 5, 2017. Once home to more than 40,000 people whose lives were connected to the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, Pripyat was hastily evacuated one day after a reactor at the plant three kilometers (two miles) away exploded on April 26, 1986" - ex9gagger



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    a dilapidated building in pripyat after the Chernobyl evacuation
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    Via ex9gagger

    "A room in a dilapidated building, part of a school in the deserted town of Pripyat" - ex9gagger


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    Tree growing outside a barn in the Chernobyl exclusion zone in Krasnoselie, Belarus
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    Via ex9gagger

    "A tree grows out of the door of an abandoned barn inside the exclusion zone around the Chernobyl nuclear reactor, in the abandoned village of Krasnoselie, Belarus, on February 17, 2016" - ex9gagger



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    Abandoned room with view of the abandoned city of Pripyat after the Chernobyl disaster
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    Via ex9gagger

    "A view of the abandoned city of Pripyat on March 23, 2016" - ex9gagger


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    Abandoned ferris wheel in Pripyat after the Chernobyl disaster
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    Via ex9gagger

    "A view of Pripyat on April 22, 2016" - ex9gagger



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    Chernobyl exclusion zone supermarket all empty and in ruins in Pripyat

    "An abandoned supermarket in Pripyat on December 1, 2017" - ex9gagger



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    Chernobyl train for workers offers view of the marshland near Slavutych Ukraine in 2017
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    Via ex9gagger

    "Marshland is seen out of the window of a train carrying workers to the Chernobyl nuclear power plant on August 17, 2017, near Slavutych, Ukraine" - ex9gagger



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    Chernobyl abandoned cooling tower
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    Via ex9gagger

    "In this aerial view, a partially constructed and now abandoned cooling tower stands as the new enclosure, built over stricken reactor number four, is seen in the distance behind at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant on August 19, 2017" - ex9gagger



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    Chernobyl tourists take picture of buildings in Kopachi

    "Tourists take pictures of a building in the ghost village of Kopachi near Chernobyl nuclear power plant on April 23, 2018, during their tour to the Chernobyl exclusion zone" - ex9gagger



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    Soviet era DUGA radar left in the Chernobyl exclusion zone
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    Via ex9gagger

    "A former Soviet over-the-horizon radar system called DUGA Radar or "Russian Woodpecker," photographed inside the Chernobyl exclusion zone, in December of 2017" - ex9gagger



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    Chernobyl barge sunk and listing in the Pripyat river

    "A barge, a remnant of the 1986 nuclear disaster, lies sunk in a side arm of the Pripyat river near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant on August 17, 2017" - ex9gagger



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    Pripyat apartment building with Soviet era hammer and sickle after the Chernobyl accident
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    Via Newsweek

    "An aerial view of a Soviet-era hammer and sickle on top of an abandoned apartment building in the ghost town of Pripyat, not far from the Chernobyl nuclear power plant on August 19, 2017, in Pripyat, Ukraine" - ex9gagger

    "The Ukrianian town of Pripyat, just outside the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, is a ghost town after a disaster at the plant 32 years ago." -SEAN GALLUP/GETTY IMAGES




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    Dogs of Chernobyl initiative Veterinarian Anna Sovtus inspects a little puppy from Chernobyl exclusion zone

    "Anna Sovtus, a Ukrainian veterinarian working with the Dogs of Chernobyl initiative, tends to a stray puppy she had just washed in the bathroom sink at a makeshift veterinary clinic inside the Chernobyl exclusion zone on August 17, 2017, in Chernobyl, Ukraine. Some released dogs are being outfitted with special collars equipped with radiation sensors and GPS receivers, in order to map radiation levels across the zone" - Telegraph


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