WATCH: Drone footage of Chernobyl

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Postcards from Pripyat, Chernobyl from Danny Cooke on Vimeo.

Check out the above video, shot with a DJI Phantom 2 of the abandoned city of Pripyat in Ukraine. It was abandoned after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster and is covered in radiation: Those visiting can only visit for a short amount of time before risking exposure.

It was shot by CBS News journalist Danny Cooke, who explains:

“Chernobyl is one of the most interesting and dangerous places I’ve been. The nuclear disaster, which happened in 1986 (the year after I was born), had and effect on so many people, including my family when we lived in Italy. I can’t imagine how terrifying it would have been for the hundreds of thousands of locals who evacuated.

“During my stay, I met so many amazing people, one of which was my guide Yevgein, also known as a ‘Stalker’. We spent the week together exploring Chernobyl and the nearby abandoned city of Prypiat. There was something serene, yet highly disturbing about this place. Time has stood still and there are memories of past happenings floating around us.

“Armed with a camera and a dosimeter geiger counter I explored…”

James O’Malley