35 Years After Chernobyl – What the City of Pripyat Looks Like Today

A Modern Day Pompeii

The damage to Pripyat was done. The forest at the edge of town absorbed so much of the radiation that the pine needles turned rust-red and was renamed “The Red Forest.” 

Chernobyl radioactive landscape (Photo: Shutterstock)

The Pripyat amusement park, which was to have its grand opening on May 1, 1986 in time for the May Day celebrations, never properly opened due to the power plant explosion. But it has become fertile ground for modern urban explorers to shoot the site’s decaying remains.