Haunting aerial footage shows the current state of the city of Pripyat — the town built to support the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant that exploded April 26, 1986. The site and accident has regained attention due to the popularity of a miniseries by HBO in association with Sky UK.
The five-part series outlines the events before and after the explosion of the plant's reactor No. 4. The explosion was the result of a flawed reactor design that was operated by inadequately trained personnel. The accident caused the largest uncontrolled radioactive release into the environment ever recorded. 50,000 residents were evacuated from the area.
The death toll from the accident is disputed - U.N. agencies counted 4,000 deaths from radiation exposure, while other investigations have connected thousands, even hundreds of thousands of cancer deaths. In 2011, Chernobyl was officially declared a tourist attraction though radiation is still detected in the area.