Drone captures haunting footage of decaying city 28 years after Chernobyl disaster

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PRIPYAT, Ukraine — It’s an eerily empty city, with an abandoned Ferris wheel still standing, a crumbling swimming pool and buildings full of belongings left behind when thousands of people suddenly left nearly 28 years ago.

Danny Cooke, armed with a camera attached to a drone and a Geiger counter, captured riveting video of the area evacuated when the Chernobyl power plant exploded in 1986.

Cooke filmed the video while he was there working on an episode of CBS News’ “60 Minutes.” He spent a week exploring Chernobyl and the nearby abandoned city of Pripyat for “Postcards from Pripyat, Chernobyl,” which has since gone viral.

In his post on YouTube, Cooke says: “There was something serene, yet highly disturbing about this place. Time has stood still and there are memories of past happenings floating around us.”

Watch it in the video player above.