Pripyat - an abandoned city, is located on the banks of the Pripyat River, near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. The population of the city was 47,500 inhabitants, residents were evacuated after the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant because of the city's heavy contamination with radionuclides.On April 26, 1986, during a test to see how much power was needed to keep the No. 4 reactor operating in the event of a blackout, the Chernobyl Nuclear Station exploded, releasing extremely dangerous amounts of radioactive chemicals into the air, which over time contaminated millions of square miles in dozens of European nations. The IAEA estimates that approximately 30 people were killed by the explosion and related radiation exposure, with several thousand additional deaths due to higher cancer incidence possible over the long term.
It had 15 primary schools, a hospital, 25 stores, 10 gyms, along with parks, cinemas, factories, and other marks of a thriving community. There was even an amusement park. Only about three kilometers from the explosion, the entire city was forced to evacuate in a mere two days.