The Chernobyl tragedy caused by the 1986 Ukraine Nuclear disaster had a much larger impact than most people imagine. Not only was it wide-ranging, but also very long-lasting. After the terrible incident, which you probably learned about if you watched HBO’s miniseries on the subject, Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant was left in ruins. Pripyat, a nearby town of nearly 50,000 inhabitants was evacuated and is now a ghost town. However, despite the complete shutdown of both the plant and the neighbouring town, the tragedy and its effect of devastation were well documented through pictures.
Many photos exist of the aftermath of this man-made disaster, both in Ukraine and the surrounding areas. Here are some of the most striking images of the aftermath of the Chernobyl disaster that will give you the chills.
People flying in and out of Ukraine had to be scanned for radioactivity.
A man gathers samples to test radioactivity from the Chernobyl site wearing a gas mask.
A Chernobyl engineer being tested after the incident.
Radioactivity levels were a threat all the way to France.
Produce in French market being checked for radiation.
View of the Plant a few months after the incident.
Treatment is being administered to a Soviet man who was present during the explosion at Reactor #4.
The “Elephants Foot” of Chernobyl, a large mass of corium that formed during the disaster. It is very radioactive and dangerous.
Protesters took to the streets of Kiev displeased with the Government’s handling of the situation. The middle sign reads “Hiroshima, 1945, Cherobyl, 1986, Moukatchevo?” Moukatchevo is a city in southern Ukraine.
This young Russian girl lost her leg due to the radiation.
Gas masks covering the floor of an abandoned school.
An abandoned cart ride in Pripyat.
A rather sad mix.
These Ukranian children are late victims of the tragedy. The fumes and radiation affected their development.
This old man is one of around 330 people living illegally in villages around the Chernobyl exclusion zone, the most world’s most radioactive zone.
This sign in Belarus warns of radiation contamination and prohibits the picking of berries and mushrooms. Unfortunately, the effects are still felt from the incident 30 years later.
Source: Men’s Health