Danny Cooke’s breathtaking footage of Pripyat taken from a drone shows the breadth of nature’s reclamation in 28 years.
There’s an errant beauty to the decay of the long abandoned city of Pripyat. Abandoned after the explosion at the nearby nuclear power plant at Chernobyl in 1986, the city of Pripyat remains a silent testament to the dangers of nuclear power.
Once a city of 50,000, Pripyat is slowly being reclaimed by nature. Danny Cooke’s video shows how fully and relentlessly nature returns to claim back its land. Pripyat is no longer a city – it is now a thick forest dotted with concrete outposts, an urban jungle indeed.
The Chernobyl disaster is one of only 2 to be classified as a level 7 (the highest such classification), the other being the Fukushima disaster in Japan in 2011.The explosion and resulting fire released large quantities of radioactive particles in to the atmosphere spreading as far as parts of Central and Western Europe and the long term effects such as cancer and deformities are still being accounted for.