Inside the radioactive wasteland of Chernobyl, 30 years after the meltdown

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chernobyl 30 years later

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Thirty years ago, the largest nuclear meltdown in history devastated a small Ukrainian town called Pripyat. The population was just shy of 48,000 people.

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Today, it's zero.

Researchers are divided on the true death toll caused by the Chernobyl disaster, but many put it in the tens of thousands. Some think it could be closer to a million because of related cancers. Deadly radiation still spews from Chernobyl, as it will continue to do as half-lives degrade over the next 600 years.

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Here's a look inside the radioactive wasteland.