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Chernobyl

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In April 1986, an explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics becomes one of the world's worst man-made catastrophes.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7366338/episodes?season=1&ref_=tt_eps_sn_1

An HBO miniseries (5 episodes)

Based on actual events

I have seen the first 2 episodes and I feel hooked. It's grim and captivating at the same time. All I can think of, after each episode, is how easy it is for such a disaster to occur. All that devastation left afterwards ...

Give it a try.

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Thanks for sharing, will definitely look into it.

One of my first childhood memories is that the playground near the house of my parents was closed shortly after the disaster, which I could not grasp as a child. Everything looked normal though everyone was concerned. The government had ordered public places to be closed temporarily due to increased radiation levels after the fallout over central Europe.

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Yes, I remember the event well. In Finland, there were lots of measures taken, because of the fallout and people were really afraid what might happen. 

And from the information I could gather, something like this actually happened. Chief engineer Nikolai Fomin actually ordered engineer Anatoly Sitnikov to go to the roof of the reactor building, to check out what was going on. Sitnikov was a nuclear engineer and core of the reactor was exposed. Must have been horrible, since Sitnikov must have known the outcome. 

The two first episodes have been very good so far, Stellan Skarskård and Jared Harris are very good at their roles as Boris Shcerbina and Valery Legasov, who are trying their best to minimize the damage caused by a horrible event. 

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The best sources for what really happened are the documentaries I am putting here. Please know that HBO is making use of "artistic license" in many ways. The first is a documentary featuring one of the men who was there, almost from moment one. The third was made by the BBC. The first is best for what happened at the time. The second is the most comprehensive about what happened that night. The fourth is about the aftermath of the catastrophe, it include interviews with many of the key players in the event and aftermath who were still alive at the time it was made including scientists and politicians. Though it is the longest of the 3 it is the most detailed starting from the original construction and continuing up to 2011 when it was made. This is the site run by former residents http://pripyat.com/ *NOTE* there is a drop down bar to change the language the default is Russian.

 

 

 

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Added link to former residents site; 2nd video; and fixed spelling errors

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