Instagram post by @gerdludwig Gerd Ludwig

An eerie arrangement of dolls in an abandoned kindergarten in the Ukrainian ghost town of Pripyat inside the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.

32 years ago, on April 26, 1986 reactor #4 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant blew up. The radioactive fallout spread over thousands of square kilometers, driving more than a quarter of a million people in Ukraine and Belarus permanently from their homes. Even after Fukushima it remains the worst nuclear accident to date.

In 2011, the Ukrainian government legalized trips to the Chernobyl exclusion zone allowing it to become a disaster-tourism destination.The most riveting attraction for visitors is the ghost town of Pripyat: dolls are scattered in abandoned kindergartens, floors are rotting, paint is peeling from the walls, and gas masks litter evacuated schools.

However, Pripyat today bears less than honest witness to its abrupt abandonment as visitors and tour guides have altered its landscapecreating arrangements to be photographed close-up by countless cameras and phones.  The ever-falling chips of chalk from the ceilings have blanketed some of these scenes often creating the illusion for the next visitors that this is how the evacuees hastily abandoned the scene.  @natgeocreative @natgeo @thephotosociety #Chernobyl #nuclear #environment #disaster #dolls #tourism

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