AS THE 26th anniversary of the nuclear disaster at Chernobyl is marked next week, we decided to take a look back at some of the amazing images captured by photographer Tim Seuss on his two-day trip through the zone of exclusion in March 2009.
What he found on his organised tour was a “more lively” place than he had imagined as it is repopulated by 500 people, most of whom are scientists.
It also boasts two shops, a bar, a hotel, administrative buildings and many “chernocats and chernodogs” who are fed and minded by the research station.
However, there are no inhabitants in the 19km exclusion zone which has been erected around the power plant.
Despite the cheerier-than-expected exterior, the poignant images from what Seuss calls the “ground zero of the 1986 accident” reveal the truly horrific nature of the disaster.
The former inhabitants of the surrounding cities left the area overnight, leaving most of their houses, schools, hospitals and amenities as they were: