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Ed Ou
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"under a nuclear cloud"

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Ed Ou
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CHAGAN, KAZAKHSTAN, FEBRURARY 27 Starlight lights up the abandoned military town of Chagan, next to the Semipalatinsk Nuclear Polygon in Kazakhstan Feb. 27, 2009. The city was once a military airbase during the Cold War, with planes ready to drop nuclear payloads. Over 400 nuclear weapons were tested in the site near the city, exposing over a million people living nearby to radiation that would lead to countless health problems. It was abandoned after nuclear tests ended following the fall of the Soviet Union, leaving a ghost town in the middle of the steppe.



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