A Chernobyl drone is shocking viewers everywhere of the nuclear disaster that has resulted following the “destruction” of this Ukraine territory. New footage provided by Danny Cooke, a rising filmmaker, reveals the barren wasteland that now exists where a thriving population of over 50,000 people once stood. Travelers Today News discusses the disturbing aftermath that now exists where the city of Pripyat previously flourished this Saturday, November 29, 2014.
It was only released days ago, but a Chernobyl drone video has already gone viral here in the U.S. for thousands of viewers — and counting. Danny Cooke was said to have joined forces with the media team for CBS News in order to compile clips of the harrowing effects that the Chernobyl radiation leak caused over the years. The title of the eerie footage has been quietly christened, “Postcards from Pripyat, Chernobyl.”
Without doubt, the aftermath of the contamination on this Ukrainian area is as haunting and desolate as one might figure. The video itself of Chernobyl was captured by an advanced technological drone and assistive gadgets, including a DJI Phantom 2 helicopter, a Go Pro 3+, a Geiger counter, and a Canon 7D camera. The video reveals the current disaster of this now abandoned wasteland, which shows the horrific effects that nuclear radiation can cause to the earth.
As provided by an update from the Washington Post, the Chernobyl drone flies overhead to capture video evidence of a now unmoving Ferris wheel, forever frozen in time. Paint can be seen crumbling from a local swimming pool, and many buildings can be seen falling to the slow decay of time. Yet inanimate objects aren’t all that has been affected in this shocking wasteland. Even the forests of Pripyat, once alive and well, are now sluggishly but surely dying due to the poisonous aftermath.
The devastating accident occurred in late April, 1986 — a routine systems examination at the Chernobyl power plant went horribly wrong. A massive fire erupted from a sudden explosion from the plant, and a damaging number of radioactive particles were released into the air. Now, Ukraine’s Pripyat is utterly deserted; 30 years following the unfortunate disaster, people across the globe can now witness what nuclear calamity might truly look like.
Much more than Ukrainian territory was hit by the radiation leak. The nuclear particles were said to have spread for miles and miles across western regions of the USSR, even bleeding further into the west and throughout some stretches of Europe. Due to the detriment of Pripyat’s citizens near Chernobyl, it was quite some time — almost three days — before leading Soviet officials realized that they would be forced to report on the shocking accident. Some plant workers who did not know of the blast weren’t even informed that the combustive reactor had exploded.
The Chernobyl drone video records what the eastern town now looks like after over 350,000 residents in the region were rushed out of the area in an emergency evacuation. Over 30 years later, viewers can see the ghostly and toxic wasteland. With several hundred times more radiation released than the atomic bomb that was previously dropped on Japan during World War II, many experts are still at a loss to how many might have been affected or died from the unintended nuclear blast back in 1986.
“Chernobyl is one of the most interesting and dangerous places I’ve been,” the filmmaker Cooke wrote for the viral footage. He seemed shocked himself at his own findings. “I can’t imagine how terrifying it would have been for the hundreds of thousands of locals who evacuated.”