Drone Captured Post-Apocalyptic Footage From Chernobyl
Chernobyl is one of the most interesting and dangerous places on earth. The nuclear disaster, which happened in 1986 had an effect on many people in Europe. It caused so much distress hundreds of miles away, so I can’t imagine how terrifying it would have been for the hundreds of thousands of Ukrainian citizens who were forced to evacuate.
UK-based filmmaker Danny Cooke, armed with a camera and a radiation dosimeter, spent a week exploring Chernobyl and the nearby abandoned city of Pripyat in a way we haven’t seen before – using an airborne video drone. His breathtaking video, called “Postcards From Pripyat,” exposes the sheer scale of this ghostly post-apocalyptic landscape.
Cooke visited Pripyat, Ukraine earlier this year while working on a CBS documentary about the radioactive disaster site. The Chernobyl catastrophe in 1986 caused the biggest radioactive release ever, comparable to 200-300 atomic bombs. To this day, the site of the accident is surrounded by an utterly abandoned exclusion area of 1,000 square miles.
“There was something serene, yet highly disturbing about this place. Time has stood still and there are memories of past happenings floating around us”- says Cooke.