You guys loved our article about The Winchester Mystery House offering virtual tours to housebound aficionados of the paranormal during the Coronavirus crisis. We figured we’d share other virtual tours in an effort to ease the stress of being stuck at home. You might be in self-quarantine, but you can tour one of the creepiest locations on Earth with a click of your mouse:
Take your virtual tour of Chernobyl/Pripyat now, HERE.
Pripyat was founded in 1970 for workers of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, sited just two kilometers away. The city was built for an estimated population of 75,000. According to the last pre-Chernobyl census in 1985, Pripyat had around 48,000 inhabitants. The town was home to five schools with more than 5,000 pupils between them. Work on the construction of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant began in the same year—1970.
The town’s peaceful existence was cut short by an evacuation order on the afternoon of April 27. At 2 pm, buses started taking residents from their homes under police protection. A temporary evacuation was announced at first, but the people never returned to their abandoned houses. The explosion at the 4th reactor unit of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant occurred on the night of April 26, 1986. Two people were killed as an immediate result. But dozens of nuclear power engineers died later from radiation sickness.
After residents were evacuated from Pripyat and other nearby settlements, a 30-kilometer exclusion zone was set up around the nuclear facility. The reactor unit destroyed by the blast was enclosed with a special concrete sarcophagus. The other three units were deactivated and decontaminated, involving the removal of radioactive material. (Source)