This small amusement park of Pripyat,built for the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant workers and their families, was scheduled to open for Labor Day celebrations on May 1, 1986. (The park was actually opened for one day to distract people from what was happening only a few kilometers away at the nuclear power plant.) But five days earlier the world's worst nuclear accident caused the evacuation of the town's 50,000 residents in four hours. No one was ever to return. Instead of children's laughter there's an eerie silence, a bizarre emptiness in the amusement park and surrounding buildings, now abandoned for 26 years. The corroding ferris wheel & merry-go-round, are forever frozen in 1986.

Another fact people usually don’t know about the amusement park: It’s one of the most contaminated areas in Pripyat. Parts of it are perfectly clean, but others are still highly radioactive. While the concrete parts are mostly safe nowadays, the surrounding moss can be as high as 25 µSv/h (microsievert per hour) – the radioactive particles after the accident were simply washed into the soil. Walking across such a spot like that won’t harm you instantly, but you don’t wanna build a house there as it is about 400 times the normal terrestrial radiation…

Pripyat,Ukraine
10.26.12

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