Wednesday marked 25 years since the Chernoyl atomic disaster. It remains the world’s worst nuclear accident and is the only one classified as level seven on the International Nuclear Event Scale. Scientists say the radiation will affect Chernobyl for 48,000 years and that humans will be able to start repopulating the area in about 600 years. But bizarrely, it has recently become a popular tourist destination. Go figure?

If you can think of other places to top your travel ‘bucket list’, then here’s a haunting series of before and after photos from around the area. It’s pretty awe-inspiring that despite the region remaining radioactive, nature has still managed to reassert itself. Trees have pushed through thick concrete and there is a very healthy population of wolves, deer and boar.

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Images: ufunk
  • Anthea anton

    What amazing pictures, but what have we learnt from such a horrific disaster??? And people want to sightsee? One word, crazy!!!

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    I know what you mean – I find it so morbid that people would want to sightsee somewhere like this – or even Ground Zero. I just don’t get it!

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  • Tom

    What’s so strange about visiting such a place? You find the photos amazing so why not the actual place? I would be fascinated to see a place that had been abandoned overnight and left to nature for 25 years. A spooky peek into what a post-apocalyptic world would look like, and maybe it would be people good to see up-close the results of nuclear power gone wrong…

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    Very true Tom! I think what I was trying to say is that while I’m intrigued by the photos form Chernobyl it’s not somewhere I’d like to holiday at…
    And yes, it certainly is living proof of how nuclear power can go wrong…which is particularly pertinent given the recent events in Japan…

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