Chernobyl – The explanation of the disaster

The Chernobyl disaster is one of the most outrageous man-made disaster in history, even the character played by Jade Harris said that nothing so destructive happened on Earth.

I wasn’t born yet but a lot of people, mostly at school, told me about it.

Briefly, the disaster happened because an experiment was running that very night, bringing the reactor beyond his capacity, avoiding every security protocol and then everything exploded.

The URRS government kept the secret for days while people were dying.

A great act of courage was endured by people who essentially volunteered for dying in order to enter in really contaminated areas and slow down the disaster.

In the end, they were able to cover the reactor in a sarcophagus under which the melted radioactive mass will burn keeping the area unhabitable for 20.000 years.

This is definitely one of the bigger sins ever committed by humanity so far.

Personally, I never had the capacity to fully understand neither the science or the human errors committed that night.

Then, in 2019 HBO released a show called Chernobyl and damn it is good.

Since the trailer is able to give you the satisfaction that something great is coming.

There is even a lot of big names in it such as Jared Harris, Stellan Skarsgård, Emily Watson, and much others.

Is a high budget miniseries that will have the goal to tell you everything you need to know about the 1:23:54 on April 29th, 1986.

I doubtless think that the last episode can be described as a masterpiece of modern television because, they are able to describe you in few terms how the reactor works, what went wrong inside it and what went wrong outside.

A small note: A lot of people are dead to save millions. That should serve as a warning for the future.

Unfortunately, this episode occurs just a few days before a crack appeared in a Scottish nuclear plant that, as the Chernobyl one, is old and not able to serve anymore.

This is terrifying because prove something that my old teacher used to say to me: “History is a teacher who doesn’t have scholars”.

In order to close the post, I’ll leave you the final sentence of the show. Is compelling on how the whole incident actually was treated by the government

“To be a scientist is to be naive.
We are so focused on our search for truth, we fail to consider how few actually want us to find it.
But it is always there, whether we see it or not, whether we choose to or not.
The truth doesn’t care about our needs or wants.
It doesn’t care about our governments, our ideologies, our religions.
It will lie in wait for all time.
And this, at last, is the gift of Chernobyl.
Where I once would fear the cost of truth, now I only ask: What is the cost of lies?”

-ldmarchesi

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