Ghost Towns #2: Pripyat, Chernobyl


On April 26th 1986 reactor number four of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant exploded after a large power surge.  The explosion sent off a chain of events that ended up covering the nearby town of Pripyet and much of the surrounding area in radioactive smoke.  It is known as the worst nuclear disaster of all time  and even to this day the area is still unsafe for human habitation.  However there might be other other things living in the shadow of the now abandoned power plant.

Many of us know the story of the Mothman and Point Pleasant West Virginia.  The Mothman was described as a large black humanoid with wings and pricing red eyes. Some say that the Mothman was some kind of harbinger of Doom.  Thirteen months to day after it was first seen Point Pleasent’s Silver bridge would collapse and fall into the Ohio River.  The people of Pripyet seem to have had a similar experience leading up to the Chernobyl disaster.  The Black Bird of Chernobyl resembled the Mothman in many ways.  It doesn’t seem to have been around for as long only a couple of weeks as opposed to a little over a year.  Wittiness report strange phone calls and nightmares both of which were prevalent in the Mothman reports.  The creature was sighted on and off for about two weeks leading up the accident.  It was reported to have been seen flying away from the power plant just before the explosion.

The town of Pripyet was built specifically for the workers of  the power station.  It’s composed of modest apartment blocks, a school, and a hospital The town even has a small fairground which was set to open on May 1st five days after the disaster occurred, it never opened.  Reports have said that disembodied voices and be heard around the fairgrounds and figures can sometime be seen on the rides.  Could these be the ghost of children that never got to rides those rides?  The school has much the same activity.  At night if you look into the windows of the apartment building shadowy figures can be seen darting about.

The area around the power plant even has reports of it’s own cryptid.  The Chernobyl  Kaptar is said to be a humanoid creature that has been mutated by the radiation, think of it like a mutated yeti.  Reports on this creature are sparse it might just be an urban legend, or something cooked up by the authorities to keep people out of the contaminated zone. Or maybe the Kaptar and the Black Bird of Chernobyl are one and the same?

If you feel like visiting Pripyet it’s not going to be easy.  You will need special permission after special permission, then make it through three check points and of course once you get there you must protect your self from the deadly radiation with radiation suits and all sorts of meters and detecters.  However if you do let me know how it went.


Unknown Encounters 

ATS: Kaptar

Ghost Stories 

Chernobyl Wiki


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