Is Chernobyl Haunted?
This year marked the tragic 25th anniversary of the accident at Chernobyl in the Soviet Union. For those who are too young to remember or are not familiar with what happened, on April 26th 1986 nuclear reactor number four exploded forever changing the way the world thought about nuclear power. The town of Pripyat which had the unfortunate luck to be the closest town to Chernobyl stands today as it has since the accident, abandoned.
You can walk into any home in Pripyat and perhaps find dishes on the table waiting to be filled, or books spread out where perhaps a child had been studying. Residence of Pripyat claimed there were some odd occurrences in the days prior to the explosion such as having odd and terrifying nightmares. Some have claimed to have received strange phone calls while others have claimed that there were apparitions to be seen wandering around the town.
Fortunately there were few lives lost that day when reactor number four exploded, but the firefighters that rushed to the scene would all succumb months later. These brave men that rushed into save anyone they could ended up dying slow painful deaths from radiation poisoning. Ironically the beds that the firefighters used while in the hospital would go on to kill others. For some unknown reason the beds that the firefighters used while in the hospital were used for other patients thus contaminating those patients with radiation poisoning. It is unknown exactly how many people died in total from Chernobyl as most fled the area before any quarantine measures could be put into place.
Very few investigations have been conducted at Chernobyl due to the prohibitively high levels of radiation that are still present. For those who have been allowed inside the barricades that are erected around the area claim to have seen shadows lurking in the night and also claim to hear whispering but can never find its source. Some of the shadows that have been seen have the appearance of firemen in full gear making those that have seen them assume these are the same firemen that had lay dying in the hospital months after the explosion.
It may be decades more before proper investigations can be done to deduce whether or not Chernobyl is truly haunted, but from the stories that come from those that have been to the area it may be well worth it. What do you think?
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