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What’s going on in Chernobyl today?

Chernobyl has become a safe-haven for wildlife. Image: REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

Alex Thornton

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 A raven stretches its wings as it sits on a post inside the 30 km (18 miles) exclusion zone around the Chernobyl nuclear reactor.
A raven stretches its wings as it sits on a post inside the 30 km (18 miles) exclusion zone around the Chernobyl nuclear reactor. Image: REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko
 A child's gas mask and a shoe at a kindergarten in the abandoned city of Pripyat.
A child's gas mask and a shoe at a kindergarten in the abandoned city of Pripyat. Image: REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

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 The giant steel New Containment Shield over the Chernobyl reactor site
The giant steel New Containment Shield over the Chernobyl reactor site Image: Andy Dubchak/RadioSvoboda.org
 The abandoned city of Pripyat, near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.
The abandoned city of Pripyat, near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. Image: REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
 It is the first time the site has produced power since 2000.
It is the first time the site has produced power since 2000. Image: REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
 European bison (Bison bonasus), boreal lynx (Lynx lynx), moose (Alces alces) and brown bear (Ursus arctos) photographed inside Chernobyl Exclusion Zone (Ukraine).
European bison (Bison bonasus), boreal lynx (Lynx lynx), moose (Alces alces) and brown bear (Ursus arctos) photographed inside Chernobyl Exclusion Zone (Ukraine). Image: Proyecto TREE/Sergey Gaschack
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