Drones Explore Chernobyl Area 30 Years After Nuclear Disaster

Marking 30 years since the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, this drone footage, captured at various times between 2013 and 2016, shows the nearby city of Pripyat and the nuclear facility, still uninhabitable due to high radiation levels.In the video, a Ferris wheel and bumper cars in a fairground are seen lying unused, and churches and homes are unoccupied. The hammer and sickle, the symbol of the former Soviet Union, remains standing, albeit rusted, atop a deserted apartment block.

  • Stunning video. The Chernobyl disaster was a turning point in Soviet relations with the West — until then the Soviets refused help when dealing with catastrophes. Although it was too little too late by the time the Politburo broke down and appealed for Western technical assistance, it was nevertheless a first. Until then the Soviet Union was much like North Korea — always secretive and committed to keeping up the facade of Communist “utopia”, irrespective of the safety of its citizens.

  • Maurice Miner

    Fuck me, only 56 casualties? Forward, Soviet!

  • simus1

    Reckless incompetence is a hard taskmaster in the nuclear game.

    “You know, boys, a nuclear reactor is a lot like a woman.
    You just have to read the manual and press the right buttons.”

    ……………………………. H Simpson, Nuclear Safety Occifer,

    ……………………………………. Springfield NuCo, LLP

    • AlanUK

      Agreed. Panic is a killer.
      Our design was such that nobody had to do anything for at least 30 minutes (except make a mug of tea), no matter how severe the accident. We had learnt from TMI, Chernobyl and other disasters. This gave time to get all the set of emergency manuals out, contact all the outside experts and to call in our own trained emergency staff. ALL the staff had to live within 30 minutes travel of the Station. By law, we had to have a full-scale Emergency Exercise at a frequency set by our statutory regulators (and we trained in between). A failure in our performance would have resulted in the Station shutting down until we could demonstrate to the Regulator’s complete satisfaction that we could operate safely under any conditions.

  • AlanUK

    Before I retired I worked at a nuclear power station. A long time ago, when the stiff, grey Soviet leaders were pushed out once a year on trollies to witness the festival to the Revolution, the Russians were desperately strapped for cash and invited a small team over from the UK to try to sell their nuclear technology (the RBMK) to the UK. All hush-hush. No press, TV etc. etc.
    Our experts were given amazing freedom to look at their designs, how they were built and operated. They left the Russians with their highly secret report. The conclusions were amongst many others:
    The RBMK was so inherently unsafe the there was no chance at all of getting our Nuclear Installations Inspectorate to accept the basic design. In particular, the UK designs (along with everyone else) ensured the laws of physics would lead to negative feedback with the reactor shutting itself down if it started to overheat. Under some conditions, the RBMK would do into positive feedback, leading to disaster.
    What later happened at Chernobyl was predictable and we warned them against trying to operate in that mode as it would result in meltdown.
    We didn’t buy any Russian commercial reactors. Our advice was ignored and the rest is history.