Chernobyl Exclusion Zone in Pictures

On the 26th April 1986 one of the reactors at Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine experienced two large explosions during a scheduled test. This resulted in a catastrophic fire and the expulsion of radioactive material into the atmosphere. Shortly afterwards a 30km exclusion zone was put into place with all residents being evacuated, never to return.

The city of Pripyat and the surrounding villages are now empty ghost towns, frozen in time. Decontamination has taken place but it will be many, many years if ever before the area is habitable.

This series of images are meant as a reminder of what can happen when the normal of everyday life becomes disrupted and how nature will slowly take over the orderly human world.