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Chernobyl…What is the cost of life?

The Chernobyl disaster was a nuclear accident that happened on the 26th of April 1986, in the No. 4 reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, near the city of Pripyat, in the north of the Ukrainian SSR. The accident occurred during a late-night safety test simulating a power outage, during which both emergency safety and power-regulating systems were intentionally disabled. A combination of inherent reactor design flaws and reactor operators arranging the core in a manner contrary to the checklist for the test resulted in uncontrolled reaction conditions. Superheated water was instantly turned into steam, causing a destructive steam explosion and a subsequent open-air graphite fire.

The fire that was produced couldn’t be completely extinguished for about nine days before being finally contained on May 4th 1986. The estimated radioactive inventory that was released during this very hot fire phase approximately equaled in magnitude the airborne fission products released in the initial destructive explosion.

The total number of casualties, including the deaths, remains uncertain. 

The Chernobyl accident is considered the most disastrous nuclear power plant accident in history, both in terms of cost and casualties. It is one of only two nuclear energy accidents classified as a level 7 event – the maximum classification — on the International Nuclear Event Scale,  the other being the 2011 Fukushima disaster in Japan. 

The remains of the No. 4 reactor building were enclosed in the Shelter Structure, a large cover whose purpose was to reduce the spread of remaining radioactive dust. The structure was finished in December 1986, at a time when what was left of the reactor was entering the shutdown phase.

The mini-series (5 series in total) represent, in my opinion, very accurately what happened there, even though it is not a documentary. It left me speechless and thinking how fast a disaster can come. A horror that actually happened in real life.

In the beginning it looked like no one wanted to believe that something as big as this could’ve happened, it was impossible for this to happen. Maybe you can tell that people were naive or ignorant. But no time it changed so many lives. The struggles of everyone to explain the explosion, to find the right solutions without causing further harm and to save lives…as many as possible…

The series shows a story that is a big part of our history, a part that we should not forget…so emotionally draining, but so needed to be told.

The writing of the directors is perfectly portrayed by the actors and the attention paid to the details makes impression during each series.

I definitely recommend watching the show, if you haven’t already. It surpassed any expectations a had!

“What is the cost of life?”

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