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Apartment buildings sit deserted in Pripyat, a city located near Chernobyl, Ukraine, that used to be the home to Chernobyl Nuclear power plant workers. The city was abandoned when the Chernobyl disaster occured and stood as a monument to the late Soviet era until the town was looted completely several years ago. Due to the actions of incompetent operators and an inherently unsafe design, a reactor at the plant exploded on April 26, 1986. As a result of the explosion and ensuing fire, clouds of radioactive particles were released. More than 100,000 people were evacuated from the city and other affected areas.

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