The Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant (Ukraine) reactor explosion and fire occurred on this day in 1986. The event remains the worst accident of its kind. A precise number of casualties will never be known beyond the 41 who died during and in the few months following the event. On the edge of the plant, the city of Pripyat died. Its 50,000 people were evacuated in two days leaving behind a photograph of interrupted lives. In the 29 years since it has become a prime destination for those seeking the disturbing presence of abandoned and decaying places.
The background radiation in Pripyat remains about three times above normal with hot spots exceeding fifty times normal. Should you choose to visit the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone and the city of Pripyat, here are the tourist rules.