"Discarded gas masks and textbooks on the floor of an abandoned school in Pripyat, Ukraine. Earlier this month, the photographer @bdentonphoto visited Pripyat, the largest city in the exclusion zone surrounding the #Chernobyl reactor. 2 days after the disaster — which took place 30 years ago today — Pripyat's population of nearly 50,000 was evacuated. Today, scientists say, the average radiation level in the zone has fallen to one-quarter of the level right after the explosion and fire. The concept of the exclusion zone was to limit, through isolation, the lethality of an accident at the nuclear plant. But unofficial explorers of the zone have found signs of illegal logging in the ostensibly protected, postapocalyptic forest. Visit the link in our profile to read more and to see more photos by @bdentonphoto." By nytimes on Instagram.
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