On April 26, 1986 at 1:23 AM Unit Number 4 of the V.I. Lenin Nuclear Power Station as it was known during Soviet times (Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, ChNPP) suffered a catastrophic failure during what was supposed to be a routine test of the emergency system design. The city of Pripyat located about 2 miles from ChNPP and housed nearly 50,000 citizens was evacuated in 3 hours, but not until nearly 3 days after the accident. In total, nearly 300,000 people were relocated. Pripyat along with 192 other villages are now part of an area known as the Zone of Alienation or Zone of Exclusion an are over 1,000 square miles which is roughly the size of the state of Rhode Island.
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, watch "Mysteries of the Abandoned: Chernobyl's Deadliest Secrets" at 9pm EST. Link in Bio.