Abandoned City of Pripyat

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On April 26, 1986, during a test to see how much power was needed to keep the No. 4 reactor operating in the event of a blackout, the Chernobyl Nuclear Station exploded.

The town closest to the No. 4 reactor was Pripyat, a city of 49,000 founded in 1970 to house workers from Chernobyl. Only two miles from the explosion, the entire city was emptied the next day April 27, over just three hours.

Now, this ghost town is a freeze-frame of the Soviet Union circa 1986.  All clocks are frozen in place at 11:55, the moment the electricity went out.

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