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Drone Provides Footage Of Pripyat, Chernobyl 28 Years After Nuclear Disaster

Robert Dominic Ventre II | PopWrapped Author

Robert Dominic Ventre II

Updated 11/28/2014 9:08pm
Drone Provides Footage Of Pripyat, Chernobyl 28 Years After Nuclear Disaster | Chernobyl
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Drones may be feared as tools for spying and privacy violation, but as the following video shows, they can also be used to take us to some amazing (and hazardous) places:
Created by Danny Cooke, a director and filmmaker hailing from the UK, Postcards from Pripyat, Chernobyl gives us a wonderful-yet-haunting glimpse into the now-defunct Soviet city as it is reclaimed by nature. Twenty-four years after the area was abandoned in the wake of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, trees have begun to overtake buildings, ghost ships rest half-sunken in the harbor, and wildlife thrives without the invasive presence of humanity. Despite the threat of exposure to radiation, people such as Danny and his guide were not deterred from visiting, "'We spent the week together exploring Chernobyl and the nearby abandoned city of Prypiat. There was something serene, yet highly disturbing about this place." Chernobyl's nuclear disaster remains the worst in human history. Though only 31 deaths were recorded as a direct result of the catastrophe, long-term effects are still being managed to this day. Though short visits into the town have been allowed and tourists may now explore the sealed zone around the site if they so desire, scientists estimate that the area will be uninhabitable for another 20,000 years.

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