Valery, Boris and Ulana risk their lives and reputations to expose the truth about Chernobyl.
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The name of the episode matches the chant at the end, a hymn used for last rites in Russian Orthodox Churches. See more
Near the end of his analysis of the accident, Legasov states "The reactor core has now become a nuclear bomb." While written for dramatic effect, it is strictly speaking not the case. At best, it was a nuclear fizzle,
or even just a criticality accident. While the basic mechanism of the initial energy release was indeed the same as in an atom bomb (a runaway nuclear chain reaction), a reactor core is unable to keep the critical mass assembled long enough to achieve the number of chain reaction generations necessary for a nuclear fission yield worth mentioning. Instead, the core blew itself apart, long before that happened. The yield of the initial nuclear transient that blew the lid off the core is estimated at under a ton of TNT equivalent, and the stronger steam/hydrogen explosion that followed, at about 10 tons. So it was not even in the kilotons range, which is considered little in terms of nuclear bombs. Even a 0.1 kt explosive yield - 100 tons of TNT equivalent - would have annihilated the complete building, and possibly the whole four-reactor complex. See more
To be a scientist is to be naive. We are so focused on our search for the 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 ...
Vechnaya Pamyat (Memory Eternal)
Performed by Homin Lviv Municipal Choir See more