A terrible incident happened in Chernobyl in April 1986 when the nuclear reactor melted. This resulted in an explosion and fires that were extremely hard to tame. There were also large amounts of radioactive particles in the air. People lost their lives, their homes and their personal belongings.
The incident was the worst nuclear power plant accident in history when you think about the cost and number of deaths. These chilling photos really put it into perspective. You can see the amount of gas masks and personal belongings left behind. The city looks completely deserted with an eerie feeling to every photo.
The area was originally 30 km in all directions from the plant, but is now called the 'zone of alienation' except for the 300 or so inhabitants that refuse to leave.