The city of Pripyat sounds common for many people all over the world because it housed the Chernobyl plant, which caused the most serious nuclear meltdown in history after a dead reactor explosion. And, the area is one of five creepiest abandoned cities worldwide.
Pripyat in Ukraine
Pripyat, 100km from Kiev, had to suffer from the Chernobyl reactor’s nuclear meltdown on April 26, 1986, which killed around 125,000 victims including those who died from cancer years later and made 1.7 million people directly affected. The area still remains unsafe for human life since it was abandoned in 1986.
Pripyat is now only home to some kinds of animals including wolves silently hunting among the towering apartment buildings and boars finding food in the abandoned amusement park.
What remains after the dead reactor explosion
Craco in Basilicata, Brazil
Placed on a cliff precipice, Craco was initially derived from its ability to repel invaders. However, it was abandoned for lower ground after being destroyed by a number of earthquakes and subsequent landslides. The deserted village now becomes a great destination for exploration, houses and some interesting old churches including Santa Maria della Stella.
The Craco has been abandoned since 1963
Kolmanskop in Nambia
Originally constructed in German style with a ballroom, a theater and the first tram system in Africa when Germans found out great mineral wealth in the area, Kolmanskop now becomes a ghost town, where houses, streets, towering homes and public buildings are filled with only sand. Kolmanskop has been abandoned since 1954.
A house in Kolmanskop is full of sand
Oradour-sur-Glane in Limousin, France
During World War II, the Oradour-sur-Glane was completely damaged with a massacre of 642 people by the Nazi troops. That’s the reason why visitors traveling this area are now required to keep silent while wandering the melancholy streets of tragedy. The Oradour-sur-Glane has been abandoned since 1944.
The burned cars and building remains have reflected the monstrosity of war and a memorial to the villagers who lost their lives
Centralia in Pennsylvania, U.S.
The entire city of Centralia has become deserted since 1962 when a fire broke out in a landfill near the Odd Fellows cemetery and quickly spread through a hole to the coal mine beneath the city. Consequently, smoke billows out from cracks in the road and large pits in the ground randomly open up releasing thousand degree heat and dangerous vapors into the air.
The state of Pennsylvania condemned the entire city of Centralia and revoked its zip code as if it didn’t exist