It’s been nearly 30 years since the reactor at Chernobyl went critical and caused huge areas of the Eastern Block of Russia and the Ukraine to become uninhabitable by humans. According to scientific calculations, the affected area is going to remain highly radioactive and not suitable for human settlement for around 20 000 years, which just provides a little bit of insight into how bloody dangerous nuclear power can be.
The clip that has been doing the rounds on the web was shot by British filmmaker Danny Cooke, who had visited Chernobyl this year while working on a documentary for 60 Minutes. Here’s what he had to say about the footage and Chernobyl itself:
Chernobyl is one of the most interesting and dangerous places I’ve been. The nuclear disaster, which happened in 1986 (the year after I was born), had an effect on so many people, including my family when we lived in Italy. The nuclear dust clouds swept westward towards us. The Italian police went round and threw away all the local produce and my mother rushed out to purchase as much tinned milk as possible to feed me, her infant son.
I think this is about as close as I’m ever going to get (or even want to get):