Postcards from Pripyat

Aqui vocês vão de carona com um drone até a cidade fantasma de Pripyat, cidade que fica próxima a central nuclear de Chernobyl, lugar onde ocorreu o maior desastre nuclear da história da humanidade.

Haunting drone footage shows what the Chernobyl nuclear power plant looks like almost three decades after it was left devastated by an historic toxic explosion.

The eerie bird’s eye view shows how the Ukrainian facility and the neighboring city of Pripyat were suddenly abandoned following the horrific 1986 blast.

Time appears to have been frozen in the apocalyptic clip filmed by British photographer Danny Cooke. Streets and buildings are overrun by trees, a derelict fairground is rusting away and apartment blocks stand spookily empty.

'Postcards from Pripyat, Chernobyl' shows Chernobyl and Pripyat nearly three decades after the 1986 disaster.

“Chernobyl is one of the most interesting and dangerous places I’ve been. There was something serene, yet highly disturbing about this place,” Cooke said about his video.

“The nuclear disaster, which happened in 1986 (the year after I was born), had an effect on so many people, including my family when we lived in Italy,” he wrote.

“I can’t imagine how terrifying it would have been for the hundreds of thousands of locals who evacuated.”

Cooke captured the drone footage in June during his spare time as he filmed “60 Minutes” segments for CBS. He also photographed the interiors of empty schools and homes on foot, which he stitched into the 3-minute “Postcards from Pripyat” film that has been posted to Vimeo.

The video reveals how the area has deteriorated since the infamous April 26, 1986, blast.

The blast emitted radioactive particles into the air.

Some 49,000 people lived in Pripyat, which was evacuated after the Soviet-era disaster that occurred two miles away.

The official Soviet death toll was 31, but the long term human impact is still being accounted for.

“I’ll never regret ever entering the zone,” Cooke told CNN.

“The sight of the school canteen floor in Pripyat will be something I will never forget in my lifetime,” he added. “What the evacuees must have gone through is unthinkable.”

Via NY Daily News

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