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

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chernobyl 30 years later

Gleb Garanich/Reuters

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.

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.