In 1986, the Chernobyl Nuclear Plant spewed radioactive particles across Eastern Europe, an accident that is still claiming lives today. The disaster, known as one of the worst nuclear accidents in history, led to the evacuation of nearly 50,000 people in the nearby city of Pripyat. Pripyat, which had been built primarily to house workers at the plant, remains abandoned today. The city and the surrounding area has been dubbed the Zone of Alienation.
Danny Cooke, a documentary filmmaker from the United Kingdom, was given access to the site (radiation levels have dropped) and flew a drone over the eerie remnants of the devastated city for a recent episode of 60 Minutes.
Cooke described Pripyat as “serene, yet highly disturbing. Time has stood still and there are memories of past happenings floating around us.”
The extraordinary video captures the abandoned amusement park, apartment buildings and the crumbling streets and homes now overtaken by trees, weeds and shrubs.
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