Visiting the Abandoned Towns Near the Chernobyl Nuclear Plant 29 Years After 1986 Reactor Explosion

Long before the HBO series Chernobyl was aired, Veritasium host Dr. Derek Muller travelled to the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in June of 2015. 29 years prior to Muller’s visit, a catastrophic explosion at the No. 4 reactor sent plumes of radioactive material into the environment and shut down nearby cities, like Pripyat, for good.

As Muller walked around the abandoned buildings, he noted how peaceful it all felt despite its horrific history. He particularly made note of the homes,...


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