Incredible footage from Chernobyl gives haunting view of abandoned city


Postcards from Pripyat, Chernobyl might be the eeriest video you’ve watched for a while.

A British film maker has captured some amazing aerial footage from Chernobyl.

The footage, which was captured by Devon based cameraman Danny Cooke, shows what’s left of the abandoned city of Pripyat in Ukraine which is located just a few miles from where the disaster took place.

Before the explosion of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in 1986, Pripyat was a thriving city with a population of almost 50,000. However, following the catastrophic disaster, it was completely abandoned.

Postcards from Pripyat, which was captured using a DJI Phantom Vision 2 and Canon 7D camera provides a unique insight into the devastation the disaster caused and what the area looks like almost thirty years later.

An empty apartment complex, an amusement park left abandoned and the remains of iconic Soviet artifacts from Cold War USSR form part of a sprawling landscape of a city completely frozen in time.

After shooting the footage for a current affairs show on CBS in the US, Cooke said: “Chernobyl is one of the most interesting and dangerous places I’ve been.”

“There is something serene, yet highly disturbing about this place”

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The footage continues with the drone raising high into the sky, above treetops to reveal a huge dome that is being constructed to be placed over the damaged reactor, because it still spews dangerously high levels of radiation.

The dome, which will be a 20,000 tonne steel structure once it is completed, will be almost 190 meters high and is being built by more than 1,400 workers. The structure will then be carefully fixed into placed covering the now defunct power plant.

Despite a 35 kilometre exclusion zone in place around the Chernobyl site and the obvious health risks, some former residents have returned to live in the area, which has also become an attraction for extreme tourists.


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