Watch: A Drone’s-Eye View of the Chernobyl Nuclear Ghost Town

Watch: A Drone’s-Eye View of the Chernobyl Nuclear Ghost Town

When the Chernobyl nuclear power plant exploded in 1986, I was too young to understand what was going on. Fast forward 28 years later, and as much as I’ve grown, the area near the plant is still a ghost town. In fact, there’s so little life that trees killed in the blast are barely decaying, as even fungi and bacteria were wiped out.

This video from documentarian Danny Cooke shows the long, stark aftermath of the Chernobyl disaster. Cooke’s drone soars through the remains of the evacuated city of Pripyat in northern Ukraine, which was founded to serve nuclear plant employees. From the dilapidated high-rises to the rusting amusement park, these images are hard to forget.

Postcards from Pripyat, Chernobyl from Danny Cooke on Vimeo.

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  1. Lady Freethinker

    Interesting – I’m glad they’re working on safe confinement.

    Wind and solar energy often seem to be the best options, where they’re possible. They do sometimes harm wildlife, though. Geothermal energy also looks promising:

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  2. Infidel753

    Nuclear and fossil fuels aren’t our only options for energy.

    Besides not turning huge regions into contaminated wasteland, solar power has the advantage of being adaptable to numerous widely-distributed small generation centers. We’ve got to get away from the model of giant central power plants powering vast areas (as nuclear pretty much has to be). They knock out power to large areas when something goes wrong, and they’re natural targets for terrorism.

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    • Lady Freethinker

      I like the idea of smaller local power centers vs. giant plants. Scaling down seems better for many things – farmers market vs. Big Ag, for example. If I ever buy a house, I hope to generate my own solar power.

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  3. michael collins

    building a big shed to deal with the ruins of reactors doesn’t make the problem go away….

    I watched about 13 minutes of this. Seeing the IAEA spokesman “did it” for me… and knowing who they rely upon for their research – and it`s clearly not the World Health Organisation.

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  4. toonpig

    I remember all to well the day we learned of this awful explosion. Even grass here in UK was polluted with radiation I think every one should be encouraged to have solar panels small wind generators collection for rain water. If geothermal is available then it too should be used. Water wheels should also be encouraged to be used. As I type this it is blowing something awful outside all that wind gone to waste Big energy companies don’t want us to think of doing it for ourselves. At least let us learn from this awful event

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    • Lady Freethinker

      Hi Toonpig,

      Radioactive grass? Now that’s frightening.

      And yes, Big Energy definitely doesn’t want to give up ownership of power. Here in LA, it would make sense for most houses to have their own solar panels.


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