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Sergìj Mikolajovič Plohìj: Chernobyl (2018) No rating

An in depth look at the stories of firefighters, scientists, and soldiers who worked to …

Take away notes:

  • Nuclear reactors and nuclear bombs are the same in terms of how they work. One is fast and one is designed to let the chain reaction happen slowly and a reactor has all kinds of rods that go up and down to slow or speed the reaction by absorbing neutrons.
  • VVER reactors are safer than RBMK
  • Chernobyl never had a core catcher underneath which is structure designed to confine the molten core in the event of a meltdown.
  • Engineers who designed Chernobyl has their judgment clouded by their hubris.
  • There are different types of radioactive radiation and not all of them are detected by dosimeters.
  • People who report feeling the effects of the radioactivity have probably received incredibly high doses. Really bad doses start from 100 rem or 1 Sv.
  • The fact that it is invisible threat makes people make all kinds of mistakes in regards to safety.
  • The authorities fucked up really bad and attempts to hide the accident from the population and neighboring countries were unforgivable.
  • Eastern European countries and Russia have a fear of drafts that is similar to the one described by some family members.
  • Despite early attempts at secrecy, the public demand for information both local and international after the accident ushered the policy of glasnost (openness) shortly after the accident. This eventually was part of the events that led to the collapse of the soviet union.
  • Estimating the number of deaths due to a nuclear disaster is difficult. Even though 50 people died from acute radiation, the estimates for long term effects ranged between 4000 to 90,000. Not to mention other impacts to health and social effects.
  • The area around the reactor won't be safe for human habitation for 20,000 years.