Skip to content
#Open journalism No news is bad news

Your contributions will help us continue to deliver the stories that are important to you

Support The Journal

VIDEO: Drone captures haunting footage of Chernobyl ghost town

‘Serene and disturbing.’
Dec 3rd 2014, 7:30 AM 21,222 26

THE TOWN OF Pripyat was entirely evacuated in April 1986, after the catastrophic accident at the nearby Chernobyl nuclear power plant.

Schools, hotels, even a Ferris wheel and playground were abandoned, leaving behind a chilling reminder of the sudden and life-changing nature of the disaster.

Now, 28 years later, a British filmmaker has visited Pripyat, which only existed for 16 years, after being established in 1970 to accompany the power station.

While working on a ’60 Minutes’ special for American TV network CBS, Danny Cooke went to the ghost town on foot, and used a drone to capture the full scale of the decay.

The results are haunting – as Cooke himself says “serene, yet highly disturbing.”

Here’s part of an abandoned playground, swaying in the wind…

chair Source: Danny Cooke via Vimeo

A derelict swimming pool that still has its diving board…

pool Source: Danny Cooke via Vimeo

The town’s ferris wheel…

ferris Source: Danny Cooke via Vimeo

The half-sunken harbour…

city Source: Danny Cooke via Vimeo

And perhaps most tellingly, a floor filled with hundreds of unused gas masks…

gasmasks Source: Danny Cooke via Vimeo

Watch for yourself:

Source: Danny Cooke/Vimeo

Read: Defunct and decaying: A look inside Limerick’s Lunatic Asylum>

107 million spiders were found to be living in a disused US water treatment plant>

Send a tip to the author

Dan MacGuill


This is YOUR comments community. Stay civil, stay constructive, stay on topic. Please familiarise yourself with our comments policy here before taking part.
write a comment

    Leave a comment

    cancel reply
    Back to top