Chernobyl 38 Years Later: Rare Footage From A Drone Over This Abandoned City
The Chernobyl disaster took place on April 26, 1986. Stunning drone footage is published by The Wall Street Journal which gives us a unique view of the abandoned, decaying Ukrainian city and the Chernobyl nuclear facility.
According to investigations, the nuclear reactor meltdown can be both a fault in the equipped reactor and insufficiently trained personnel. Before this drama happened, a test had been planned to see how the reactor would operate if the power grid failed. The safety systems and the cooling turbine system have been deactivated. But unfortunately the test was “rushed and poorly planned” and they got them a lot of error from the plant operators.
It was the worst radioactive accident the world has ever seen. The water which was intended to cool the reactor began to boil. They tried to reinsert the graphite bars to slow down the nuclear reaction. But, due to a design flaw, the rods got stuck. Two explosions and the fires that followed sent many tons of radioactive material into the atmosphere.
Around 56 would have died directly in the accident according to the New York Times. There are around ten thousand people who died later or still suffer today from radiation-induced cancer. More than 110,000 people were evacuated from the surrounding area after the explosion, including all 43,000 residents of Pripyat.
Access to the exclusion zone is strictly limited and controlled by the Ukrainian government.
Pripyat was founded in 1970 as an atomograd. This town included shops, schools, a hospital, parks and recreation areas and still a lot had been planned to open but due to the accident all plans failed after the eve of April 26th. The city is now abandoned.
The nuclear disaster left behind a ghost town. Visits to Chernobyl are possible but there is no indication of any public health problem except the increased level of thyroid cancers.