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.