There have been a number of video’s to come from the aftermath of Chernobyl. While all of them give a haunting look at what a disaster like this, can do. None of them show the scope of the devastation that a drone view from above can reveal.
Almost 30 years ago, Pripyat—a Ukranian city near the country’s northern border with Belarus—was a thriving town of 50,000 residents built in the shadow of the Chernobyl Power Plant, where many of the town’s residents worked. Then, in 1986, the plant suffered a catastrophic power increase in one of its reactors, causing an explosion at its core that released an estimated 3 billion curies of radioactive particles into the air—over seven times the amount purportedly released into the atmosphere in the week following the 2011 Fukushima disaster. The explosion constituted the worst nuclear disaster in history, and within days, Pripyat—the closest town to the reactor—went from a bustling nuclear hamlet to a near-ghost town.