Chernobyl at 26

- 2012-04-27T12:07:08Z

Photograph by Joseph Sywenkyj

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Vantage Point

Portrait in the window of the theater in Pripyat, Ukraine.

The city once had a population of about 45,000, including Chernobyl workers and their families, but now it's a city of ruins, overgrown with trees and brush.

Pripyat lies within the 30-km exclusion zone that surrounds Chernobyl's reactor No. 4, which exploded in 1986 and was later enclosed in a concrete sarcophagus.