Towns can become abandoned for a number of different reasons. Devastating acts of nature, wars and economic failures have all led populations to pack up en masse and try their luck elsewhere. But what unites each individual circumstance is what’s left behind—an eerie shell of a town, drained of human life, familiar and strange all at once. Most countries have at least once ghost town in their midst, betraying a moment in their collective history associated with disaster or failure. The U.S. has plenty—former mining towns in California which were abandoned when the natural resources dried up; villages in Hawaii half-drowned by lava; struggling townships re-absorbed back into the flat Indiana plains. But some of the world’s ghost towns are new ruins, which come into the world dead on arrival. In an attempt to house a booming population, a number of Chinese pop-up cities have risen up in a matter of years, able to house tens of thousands of people. Yet many of … [Read more...] about Inside the World’s Eeriest Ghost Towns
Chernobyl ghost town
The world's worst nuclear accident occurred in the early morning hours of April 26, 1986, when the No. 4 reactor at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant exploded in what was then the Soviet Union. Thirty workers died from the explosion or from acute radiation sickness within several months, but the World Health Organization estimated more than 9,000 people could die due to Chernobyl-related cancer and leukemia in contaminated areas in what is now Ukraine, Belarus and Russia. Greenpeace put the eventual death toll from Chernobyl-related cancer and leukemia in all affected countries at about 93,000. Millions of people were left living on contaminated land. Thirty-two years later, see recent photos of the site and surrounding area -- in present-day Ukraine -- and images from anniversary commemorations. Widows react as they hold pictures of their deceased husbands, who were "liquidators" in Chernobyl, during a ceremony marking the 32nd anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster at a … [Read more...] about Chernobyl nuclear disaster 32 years later
World Chernobyl nuclear Thirty-two years ago, the world witnessed the worst ever civil nuclear disaster when the Chernobyl nuclear power plant ejected a cloud of radiation into the air above northern Ukraine. Much has changed since that April day in 1986—including the former Soviet Union itself. On the anniversary of the deadly disaster, here are the facts to know. Where did the Chernobyl disaster take place and what happened? On April 26, 1986, the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in northern Ukraine, near the city of Pripyat, suffered a series of explosions and a fire that caused a tremendous amount of radiation to be released into the atmosphere, mostly iodine and cesium isotopes. Experts point to both flawed design in the reactor as well as improper training—and response—of the power plant’s employees. “It was a direct consequence of Cold War isolation and the resulting lack of any safety culture,” according to the nuclear power advocacy group … [Read more...] about When Will Chernobyl Be Livable? Facts on the Anniversary of the Soviet Nuclear Disaster
IN the early hours of April 26, 1986, one of four nuclear reactors at the Chernobyl power station exploded in the worst nuclear disaster in human history. Now, 32 years later, the haunting ghost town has become a tourist hotspot. Here's everything you need to know... What was the Chernobyl nuclear disaster? An alarm bellowed out at the nuclear plant on April 26, 1986, as workers looked on in horror at the control panels signalling a major meltdown in the number four reactor. The safety switches had been switched off in the early hours to test the turbine but the reactor overheated and generated a blast the equivalent of 500 nuclear bombs. The reactor's roof was blown off and a plume of radioactive material was blasted into the atmosphere. As air was sucked into the shattered reactor, it ignited flammable carbon monoxide gas causing a fire which burned for nine days. The catastrophe released at least 100 times more radiation than the atom bombs dropped on Nagasaki and … [Read more...] about What was the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, did radiation cause animal mutations and is it safe to go there now?
AN apocalyptic silence greets anyone setting foot into this eerie ghost town - a far cry from the hive of activity here as the Soviet Union geared up for World War 3. But for the last survivor of this once top secret military town, hidden away in the depths of Russia, this is his world. He is Alexander Kuznetsov, 61, and he's the last man alive in Pristan in Siberia. Nicknamed Russia's Last Mohican, the pensioner hermit’s only company is his cat Lyusya and her three kittens. When the USSR collapsed after 1991 the base was closed and its 4,000-strong population up sticks and went west to start a new life in the European side of the new Russian Federation. But Kuznetsov found himself unable - or unwilling - to cope with the huge changes transforming his country and opted to stay. The former Red Army electrician said: “It was a conscious decision, life was getting more and more expensive and ‘new Russia’ was going through money reforms and hyperinflation. … [Read more...] about Inside Siberian ghost town where last resident lives with only his cat for company in crumbling ruins of former army base