Monday, 6 August 2012

Real Life Ghost Town: Pripyat, Ukraine

Perhaps the best-known ghost town in the world, Pripyat was evacuated after the 1986 nuclear accident at the Chornobyl power plant. It previously had a population of around 50,000 but now is part of the "Chornobyl exclusion zone."

Estimates of the number of deaths from radiation-related cancers as a result of the accident range from 4,000 to 250,000.

These days, radiation levels aren't believed to be high enough to cause harm unless people are exposed for long periods of time. Indeed, tourist agencies regularly take groups inside to view the hastily abandoned city.

Until recently, almost all of the former residents' belongings were preserved, with nonperishable food left on store shelves and children's toys and books left where they were last played with. But looting in the years since the accident, along with gradual decay, have detracted from the city's museumlike quality and rendered some buildings unsafe to enter.

 The city of Pripyat, Ukraine had a bright future ahead of it before the Chernobyl disaster. It was proclaimed a city in 1979 and was home to 50,000 residents most of whom worked for the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. The city also served as a major railroad and river cargo port due to its location. Pripyat had over 160 apartment blocks, 15 schools, 25 stores and malls, 27 cafes, 10 gyms, and an amusement park. It was a beautiful city designed to cater to its residents but disaster struck on April 26th 1986 after a reactor in the Nuclear Power Plant ruptured and caused several explosions. The fire sent a plume of radioactive fallout into the atmosphere and over an extensive area, including Pripyat. The entire city was evacuated in two days. Pripyat now has a population of zero.

The area of Pripyat has been put in a zone of alienation since 1986. Scientists carefully monitor the radiation levels within the city and they say the levels have dropped considerably since April 1986. Pripyat is considered a relatively safe place to visit and there are guided tours offered throughout the year. The borders are guarded with police and viable documents are required to enter the area if you are without a guide.

Infrastructure and statistics

  • Population: 49,400 before the disaster. The average age was about 26 years old. Total living space was 658,700 m: 13,414 apartments in 160 apartment blocks, 18 halls of residence accommodating up to 7,621 single males or females, and 8 halls of residence for married or de facto couples.
  • Education: 15 primary schools for about 5,000 children, 5 secondary schools, 1 professional school.
  • Healthcare: 1 hospital that could accommodate up to 410 patients, and 3 clinics.
  • Trade: 25 stores and malls; 27 cafes, cafeterias and restaurants could serve up to 5,535 customers simultaneously. 10 warehouses could hold 4,430 tons of goods.
  • Culture: 3 facilities: a culture palace, a cinema and a school of arts, with 8 different societies.
  • Sports: 10 gyms, 3 indoor swimming-pools, 10 shooting galleries, 2 stadiums.
  • Recreation: 1 park, 35 playgrounds, 18,136 trees, 249,247 shrubs, 33,000 rose plants.
  • Industry: 4 factories with total annual turnover of 477,000,000 rubles. 1 nuclear power plant.
  • Transportation: Yanov railway station, 167 urban buses, plus the nuclear power plant car park of about 400 units.
  • Telecommunication: 2,926 local phones managed by the Pripyat Phone Company, plus 1,950 phones owned by Chernobyl power station's administration, Jupiter plant and Department of Architecture and Urban Development.

The city of Pripyat hit the ground running with a bountiful supply of jobs, thriving population, and a Power plant backed by Soviet’s renowned engineering, However; what helped establish Pripyat is also what tore it down. 

Bumper Cars in Pripyat
The iconic Ferris wheel of Pripyat

Hospital in Pripyat

A classroom in Pripyat

Hospital Beds in Pripyat

Another view of Pripyat

A pool in Pripyat before and after

Ghostly Silence
A corridor in one of the buildings, Pripyat


  1. in the picture of the corridor there looks like a figure is standing in the right corner... scary

  2. I find this place in Call of duty 4