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Chernobyl, Ukraine

Chernobyl is a city in northern Ukraine, close to the border with Belarus. It lends its name to the nearby power plant, whose number four reactor was the subject of the worst disaster in civil nuclear history and one of the worst industrial disasters the world has ever seen. It was the only occurrence of a level 7 disaster on the International Nuclear Event Scale. At the time of the incident, the area was part of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic, which was part of the former Soviet Union.

The Chernobyl nuclear disaster claimed two immediate victims and resulted in the evacuation of 135,000 people, including 50,000 from the nearby town of Pripyat. This abandoned classroom is in Pripyat
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