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Photos show what daily life is really like inside Chernobyl's exclusion zone, one of the most polluted areas in the world

Business Insider Logo By Katie Canales of Business Insider | Slide 1 of 54: 
    April 26, 1986, reactor number four at the Chernobyl
    power plant, located in the then-Soviet
    Union, experienced a power surge, resulting in an explosion
    that sent a cloud of radioactive
    materials across parts of Europe.
  The accident has gone down in history as the 
    world's worst nuclear disaster.
    Around 350,000 people were evacuated following the
    explosion, with many leaving their homes and all of their
    worldly belongings behind forever.
  The areas surrounding the Chernobyl nuclear power plant,
  including the nearby city of Pripyat, have since deteriorated
    abandoned ghost towns.
  But some residents have returned to their villages following
  the explosion and evacuation, despite dangerous levels of
  radiation, and some remain
  there today.
  Here's what daily life looks like in one of the most polluted
  parts of the world.
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