In what's been widely considered the worst nuclear disaster of all time, an explosion in Reactor 4 in Ukraine's Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in 1986 caused a mass evacuation of all residents in a 19-mile zone.
Nearly three decades later, what stands in the wake of the accident are the skeletal remains of a once vibrant city, left vacant after nuclear dust clouds and deadly radiation spread over the landscape, making it unlivable.
While it's still too dangerous for residents to return to Pripyat, a city originally built to house plant workers and nuclear experts, lower radiation levels make it safe for short visits. Filmmaker Danny Cooke returned to film a segment for CBS News’ 60 Minutes that aired last month, and pieced together this chilling look at what remains in the short film "Postcards from Pripyat, Chernobyl."
Today, Pripyat is a haunting wasteland frozen in time: a Ferris wheel that will never run again, a bumper car park being reclaimed by nature, a mailroom strewn with letters that will never be sent. Watch now to see a rare glimpse at the disaster site:
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