Eerie Chernobyl Drone Footage Shows True Extent Of Nuclear Reactor Damage

Although HBO's stunning new show Chernobyl looks like it couldn't be based on reality (it is), this eerie drone footage really brings home the real-life horror of the 1986 disaster.

Pripyat is the famous Ukraine ghost town which lies inside the Chernobyl exclusion zone.

In 1986, thousands of people were evacuated from Pripyat following the catastrophic meltdown of the nearby Chernobyl nuclear power plant.

An exclusion zone to prevent the spread of deadly radiation was put in place across the town, meaning it is now completely deserted.

The footage - taken by urban explorer Dax Ward - shows the vast expanse of deserted urban sprawl.

He said: "It was overwhelming at times."

HBO's 'Chernobyl' is based on the real-life disaster. Credit: HBO
HBO's 'Chernobyl' is based on the real-life disaster. Credit: HBO

Based on the shocking events, new mini-series Chernobyl from HBO - currently showing on Sky Atlantic - could be the perfect way to fill that Game of Thrones shaped void left in our lives.

Chernobyl is currently scored higher IMDb than Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad, with an unreal average score of 9.5 - topping the list for the best rated TV shows.

The five-part mini-series is based on the infamous nuclear reactor disaster, and covers the build-up to the explosion and its catastrophic aftermath.

Indeed, the very fact the drama is based on true events is making the show all the more gripping and terrifying for viewers, many of whom are already describing Chernobyl as a 'masterpiece'.

A synopsis of Chernobyl describes the show as dramatising 'the true story of one of the worst man-made catastrophes in history', adding that it 'tells of the brave men and women who sacrificed themselves to save Europe from unimaginable disaster'.

Well worth a watch - and even more gripping because it happened just over 30 years ago.

Featured Image Credit: Caters/Dax Ward

Amelia Ward

Amelia is a journalist at LADbible. After studying journalism at Liverpool John Moores and Salford Uni (don't ask), she went into the world of music. Quickly realising that you can't pay your bills with guestlist, she went back to her roots. In her spare time, Amelia likes music, Liverpool FC, and spending good, quality time with her cat, Paul. You can contact Amelia at [email protected]

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