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Drone Footage Reveals Chernobyl Exclusion Zone


Image credit: Danny Cooke

Early in 1986, the Chernobyl disaster, one of the worst nuclear accidents in the world happened owing to a imperfect reactor design as well as incorrect operation of plant workers. As a result, the explosion and fires caused nearly five percent of the radioactive reactor core to leak into the environment and downwind, thus forming exclusion zone of 30 kilometers around the plant, which is now still showing its effect at present.

Within 36 hours of the accident, 49,360 residents of the city of Pripyat nearby were forced to be evacuated and then more than 70,000 people living in the surrounding areas had to do so in the following weeks. It has been thirty years since the accident and the city and its surrounding area have become a ghost town with no sign of human existence.

Now, Danny Cooke, the British filmmaker has made it possible for us to peer into such weird and horrible place by his latest short film, presenting footage captured by a drone flying into the area. What we see is quite miserable. If you want to know more about the presentation, please go watch it.