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On April 26, 1986 an explosion and fire at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, Ukraine caused the worst nuclear disaster to date.
Radiation leaked from the exploded nuclear reactor contaminating earth, water and solid matter across the western USSR and Europe.
Pripyat was built as a town for workers at the power plant, just 3km from the reactor.
36 hours after the explosion, some 50,000 residents were evacuated.
Pripyat's town square.
Neighbouring towns and cities within a 30km exclusion zone were abandoned. Residents haven't returned and now nature is taking over.
Vegetation is creeping up through the concrete © Nige Burton
Pripyat is slowly being reclaimed by the surrounding forest.
Pripyat was founded in 1970 as the brutalist architecture shows.
Much of the city was looted so isn't completely untouched but signs of life, in what was a model town, are everywhere.
Fear of a nuclear disaster was always prevalent as these posters on what to do in the event show.
Natural or poisoned? It's hard to tell.
Pripyat's yellow ferris wheel has become a symbol for the disaster. The city's new amusement park was meant to open on May 1 for May Day.
It was only used for a few hours on April 27 to entertain the residents before they were ordered to evacuate.
An abandoned kindergarten has succumbed to Mother Nature.
Ominous buildings stand grey and imposing.
A handful known as 'self-settlers' or samosely, have returned to their contaminated towns and villages without official permission.
Wild boar, wolves and stay dogs are known to inhabit the city.
Once-grand buildings are exposed and crumbling.
Scientists say the area will not be safe to inhabit for thousands of years.
Hole in a window
A number of tour companies now offer guided tours of the eery city under strict guidelines.
Fallen relics of a Soviet past remain.
It is illegal to take items in or out of Pripyat for fear of spreading radioactive contamination © Nige Burton
Over the years of neglect vegetation has taken over and the surrounding forest is closing in on the concrete. © Mike Wood
Pripyat is now a creepy ghost town © Nige Burton
Rather than days, it has been years and still the residents have not been able to return. © Nige Burton
The children in this nursery school had no classes on Saturday, the morning after the disaster © Joao Rechena