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

Fleeing Paradise

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It wasn’t until 2:00 P.M. on April 27, 1986, that Pripyat was officially evacuated, though many people decided to leave as soon as Saturday, April 26, on packed trains.

Residents were told the evacuation would be temporary and to only take essential items, important documents, and food in a single suitcase. Officials assured them officers would guard their homes and asked them to close all the windows and turn off the gas, water, and all electrical appliances.

They were given two hours to gather their belongings and board the busses.

An original recording of the evacuation announcement, with English subtitles, is at the end of this post.