20 pictures from Chernobyl, 33 years later

On the 26th of April, 1986, the worst nuclear accident in history happened in Chernobyl, Ukraine. At the time, the USSR tried to avoid taking responsibility for the catastrophe, but soon enough Ukraine had to issue a brief announcement about it, as the consequences were widely felt in Europe,


On April 26th, 1986, time stood still. A nuclear reactor exploded and burned, leading to the massive evacuation of Chernobyl’s surroundings, causing tremendous long term impacts.

This nuclear accident shocked the world, destroying the environment like never before and leaving us with many questions. Thirty years later, it is possible to visit Chernobyl, although the evacuation zone will remain inhabitable for thousands of years. These 20 photos will allow you to see Chernobyl risk free, in case you’re not willing to test the safety of Chernobyl.

1The beginning

A routine test went horribly wrong on the 26th of April, 1986. This was almost the worst catastrophe in Europe since the Plague. The no. 4 reactor exploded, freeing a massive cloud of radioactive products in the air.