The Creepiest Things I Saw in Chernobyl

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Miriam Wasser
A baby doll wearing a child-size gas mask.
The Exclusion Zone is the heavily guarded area around the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in northern Ukraine that was abandoned after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in April 1986. It's a beautiful, yet haunting place, and walking through it can feel like walking through the setting of a horror movie — discarded shoes, a baby doll left behind, gas masks made for a child. Here are the creepiest things I saw during my trip to the Exclusion Zone.