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

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If they could smell smoke, they were being exposed to deadly ionizing radiation. Syomin said a few people at the party mentioned seeing smoke in the distance, but no one seemed concerned about it. 

For the next thirty-six hours, the people of Pripyat unknowingly inhaled radioactive material as they went about their regular daily routines. Party officials prohibited the release of any information regarding the accident at Chernobyl for several days.