As a quick note, I just remembered that today is the anniversary of the Chernobyl explosion 23 years ago, which happened just six months after I was born. It's amazing to think about how poignant the incident has been to our collective consciousness and how it has affected our cultures and our world.
Did you know there are animals currently there right now? Thriving populations? And the trees are beginning to grow back? Still, human populations are advised against settling there for at least another 100 years or so, and so it remains vacant and ghostly. Here's an eerie picture of it.
And here's a link to a great website I found displaying a current visual tale of Chernobyl.