A Google Maps user was astounded to discover Street View in Chernobyl’s abandoned ghost city.
While only 50 people died in the initial Chernobyl meltdown, the UN estimates that up to 4,000 people have died as a result of exposure to the fallout in the years since.
A Google Maps user was surprised to find the Street View tool operating in Chernobyl, an abandoned ghost town.
A nuclear accident at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Pripyat, Ukraine, shocked the world in 1986, throwing Ukraine into chaos.
Thousands of people have relocated from Kiev, which is only 200 kilometers from the nuclear power plant, due to fears of radiation exposure.
While only 50 people died in the initial Chernobyl meltdown, the UN estimates that up to 4,000 people have died as a result of the fallout in the years since.
This occurred long before Google Maps or the internet existed.
As a result, Reddit users have expressed their surprise that the now-defunct city has been included in Google Maps’ Street View.
Earlier this week, a thread titled “anyone noticed that they have google street view in Chernobyl?” sparked discussion, with many people saying they were unaware the ghost city was on the site.
Many comments on the forum, however, point out that the site has become something of a tourist attraction, and that Google appears to have sent its Street View car to the eerie location in 2015.
“You can visit Chernobyl,” Broskfisken added, “and there are tours going there, so it isn’t that surprising.”
“Because it is so dangerous and it is in such a remote part of the world where you have to pay to go there, more people could use it,” Carlitosbahia wrote.
“I mean, everyone looks at their own town in street view, so why won’t they do it in a safe way there?”
With 3.26 million subscribers on YouTube, YouTuber Benjamin Rich, aka Bald and Bankrupt, spends his time taking a unique look at former Soviet Union countries.
More than 2.1 million people have watched his tour of Pripyat, the town where Chernobyl is located.
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Mr Rich, who was born in Brighton, has also created videos showcasing the people who still live here despite the fact that the vast majority of the population left, as well as what life is like in the smaller towns surrounding the infamous area.
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