A great disaster. For a novel I started working on in October, 2006, I
started doing some research. There’s a portion of it that takes place in
an old, abandoned city, one that had been left in destitution for
centuries, so I was looking around for theories on what happens to a
modern city when left to the forces of nature. To my shame, I had
forgotten about the Chernobyl disaster. In my research, I rediscovered
There’s an excellent site - an adventerous woman takes a motorcycle tour
of Chernobyl and surrounding areas, including Pripiat. See
KIDDofSPEED. It is
thought-provoking, saddening, and generally depressing. It provided the
example for which I was looking.
After reading the site, I began to wonder if some of the pictures she
had could be viewable on google maps. They were. Here are some
Also, you can go to wikimapia
and search for Chernobyl or Prypiat. There, people have outlined places
and you can get a little more infomation.