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Deep within the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, the restricted area surrounding the nuclear power plant effected by radiation and fallout after the 1986 disaster, is the eerie abandoned city of Pripyat. Once the home of over 49,000 people, the city was evacuated days after the explosion. It has been empty ever since, steadily being swallowed up by nature.
While working on a 60 Minutes report on Chernobyl for CBS News in 2014, filmmaker Danny Cooke took the opportunity to explore the ghost city. Armed with a dosimeter geiger counter (required to enter the exclusion zone) and his camera, Cooke captured amazing footage of the crumbling city.
The city of Pripyat in the Ukraine was founded in 1970 to house the families of workers at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. It was abandoned in 1986 following the Chernobyl disaster, when the 30-kilometer area around the nuclear power plant was evacuated to restrict access to hazardous areas, reduce the spread of radiological contamination and conduct radiological and ecological monitoring activities. This area was designated as the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant Zone of Alienation. It is now known as the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone or just The Zone.
The ferris wheel in Pripyat’s abandoned amusement park has become iconic, often seen in photographs of the city, video games (such as Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare and the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series) and visible from aerial-imaging websites such as Google Maps. Pripyat has become the setting of many books, films and documentaries over the years, as well.