“Chernobyl” is not an easy show to watch. Nor should it be. The 1986 explosion at Chernobyl in present-day Ukraine was the worst nuclear accident to date, which killed hundreds of thousands and still affects millions more. But HBO’s five-part miniseries is hard to watch for reasons beyond those harrowing facts and graphic images of the immediate effect of radiation on the Chernobyl plant workers and first responders, the omnipresent column of black smoke belching from the reactor’s core, or even eerie footage of the residents of the nearby factory town of Pripyat, gathered convivially to watch the fire burn while their children chase radioactive ash like snowflakes.” Full story click here.
“A cloud of radioactive material settled over Ukraine and Belarus after a critical failure blew apart a Chernobyl Nuclear Power Station reactor in 1986. The resulting death toll is disputed—U.N. agencies counted 4,000 deaths from the resulting radiation exposure, while other investigations have connected thousands, even hundreds of thousands, of additional cancer deaths to the Chernobyl disaster. But while the lingering effects of the reactor meltdown will likely be debated and studied for decades to come, the deaths of first responders on the scene is a well-documented tragedy.” Read about the book Voices from Chernobyl and watch the trailer for a new HBO series about the disaster, full story here.