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Video from Chernobyl: “Postcards from Pripyat”

Mon December 01 2014 6:17 pm  http://www.arlingtoncardinal.com/?p=72682
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Cinematographer Danny Cooke captured eerie images of the destruction left by the Chernobyl nuclear explosion with a drone.

The videographer Danny Cooke was only one year old when Chernobyl disaster occurred. His mother ran out to get tinned milk for her infant son — even though they lived in Italy. Italian police threw away all the produce in markets where radioactive dust settled on the fruits and vegetables. The Chernobyl disaster occurred on April 26, 1986. The Soviet Union government did not admit there was a radiation accident until elevated radiation levels set off alarms at the Forsmark Nuclear Power Plant in Sweden, over 620 miles from the Chernobyl nuclear power plant on April 28, 1986.

The City Council of Prpyat had already declared an evacuation announcement on April 27, 1986 for the 49,400 citizens.

Evacuation Declaration Translated to English

For the attention of the residents of Pripyat! The City Council informs you that due to the accident at Chernobyl Power Station in the city of Pripyat the radioactive conditions in the vicinity are deteriorating. The Communist Party, its officials and the armed forces are taking necessary steps to combat this. Nevertheless, with the view to keep people as safe and healthy as possible, the children being top priority, we need to temporarily evacuate the citizens in the nearest towns of Kiev Oblast. For these reasons, starting from April 27, 1986 2 pm each apartment block will be able to have a bus at its disposal, supervised by the police and the city officials. It is highly advisable to take your documents, some vital personal belongings and a certain amount of food, just in case, with you. The senior executives of public and industrial facilities of the city has decided on the list of employees needed to stay in Pripyat to maintain these facilities in a good working order. All the houses will be guarded by the police during the evacuation period. Comrades, leaving your residences temporarily please make sure you have turned off the lights, electrical equipment and water and shut the windows. Please keep calm and orderly in the process of this short-term evacuation.

—Evacuation announcement in Pripyat, 27 April 1986 (14:00)

The Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant Zone of Alienation or Exclusion Zone is an officially designated exclusion area around the site of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor disaster. The area is also simply called “The Zone.” The Exclusion Zone has a radius of 30 kilometers or 18.6 miles from the center of the Chernobyl Power Plant.

Pine trees close to Chernobyl were killed by radiation, and was subsequently called the red forest. Wildlife area reported to have flourished in the area without control by humans.


Danny Cook: Earlier this year I had the opportunity to visit Chernobyl whilst working for CBS News on a ’60 Minutes’ episode which aired on Nov. 23, 2014. Bob Simon is the correspondent. Michael Gavshon and David Levine, producers.

See also …
cbsnews.com/news/chernobyl-the-catastrop­he-that-never-ended/


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