Pripyat city, Ukraine (Prypiat)

The city of Kiev oblast.

Pripyat overview

Pripyat (Prypiat) is an abandoned city located in Kiev region of Ukraine. It is standing on the Pripyat River, near the border with Belarus.

It was the home city for people who were working at Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant - one of the largest nuclear power plants in Europe.

Direct distance between Pripyat and Kiev is only 94 km. The distance by roads is about 127 km.

Pripyat city map location


The map of Chernobyl disaster region

Chernobyl disaster region map

Pripyat history

Pripyat was founded on February 4, 1970. The main reason for the city foundation was the construction and further exploitation of Chernobyl nuclear power plant.

It became the ninth nuclear power city in the Soviet Union.

The population was 47,500 (November 1985). It was the last census held before evacuation. Originally, Pripyat was planned to be the home for 75,000-78,000 people.

The city was a convenient transportation juncture in Polesye area.

The population of Pripyat was evacuated on April 27, 1986, because of the Chernobyl accident. Slavutich, a new town-sputnik, was built about 50 km from the nuclear power station.

Pripyat is known worldwide because of the Chernobyl disaster happened at Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. The population of the city was about 49,400 before the disaster (April 26, 1986).

After the disaster, the city was abandoned. Nowadays, it is known as the ghost city.

Present day Pripyat attracts tourists and scientists from all over the world.

Pripyat views

Pripyat city view

Pripyat city view

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Pripyat view

Pripyat view

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Abandoned Pripyat

Abandoned Pripyat

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Radiation hotspots resulting from the Chernobyl nuclear plant accident

Radiation hotspots resulting from the Chernobyl nuclear plant accident

Pripyat city, Ukraine photos

Pripyat scenery

Pripyat city scenery

Pripyat city scenery

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Pripyat scenery

Pripyat scenery

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The Ukrainian SSR coat of arms

The Ukrainian SSR coat of arms

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Pripyat pictures

The sign of radioactive contamination

The sign of radioactive contamination

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Pripyat bank entrance

Pripyat bank entrance

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Pripyat radioactive train

Pripyat radioactive train

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Pripyat places

Chernobyl disaster fighters machinery

Chernobyl disaster fighters machinery

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Chernobyl disaster fighters machinery

Chernobyl disaster fighters machinery

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Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant

Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant

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The questions of our visitors

Abhinav vats asks: I have heard somewhere that people of Pripyat were told that they were evacuated only for few days. Why they were lied?
Expert's answer:

Yes, it is true. Here is the quote from the official announcement of the evacuation: "...in connection with the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in the city of Pripyat, an unfavorable radiation situation develops. The Party and Soviet bodies and military units take the necessary measures. However, in order to ensure the complete safety of people, and especially of children, there is a need to conduct temporary evacuation of city residents to the settlements of the Kiev region."

There were several reasons for declaring temporary evacuation. Firstly, to prevent a possible panic that could begin if people realized that they were leaving their homes forever together with all their belongings. At that time, Pripyat was one of the richest cities in the USSR in terms of living standards of residents.

Secondly, it was not completely clear at that moment, just several days after the accident, if it would be possible to clean the city and how serious the level of radioactive contamination was in Pripyat. After the evacuation, in interviews, the participants of dosimetric groups who measured the level of radiation in the city expressed confidence that soon the city would be cleaned and people would return back.

Shubham Kumar asks: How much time will it take to recover and new city life to setup there. I am from India. May God bless people of Pripyat city.
Expert's answer:
In the greater part of the exclusion zone, a relatively favorable radiation situation will be somewhere around 2040-2050. However, in the central part of the zone there are also toxic transuranium isotopes, the half-life of which is thousands of years. Thus, in the foreseeable future, people will not live permanently there.
Kaze asks: Were there any casualties in the city during the chernobyl disaster?
Expert's answer:
Three people were killed immediately in the explosion at the station. In the first day after the accident, 31 people died of radiation sickness (firemen from Pripyat and station employees). The total number of victims is difficult to determine, the number is about 4,000 people (mainly liquidators of the accident at the station).

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