Chernobyl Nuclear Accident - People of Chernobyl

On April 26, 1986 a nuclear reactor, located at the Chernobyl power station, exploded. The mishap sent a cloud of radioactivity over much of Europe.

Combining historical footage, witness interviews and recreated scenes, this video clip - from the BBC documentary Fallout From Chernobyl - introduces some of the people of Chernobyl who were involved with, and impacted by, the disaster.

At 3:57 into the clip, the story of what went wrong at reactor #4 begins.  Three years previously, #4 went on-line early - before a mandatory safety test was completed.  On the morning of April 26, 1986, that test  remained outstanding. 

Then ... a series of other problems, coupled with bad decisions made by improperly trained personnel, put reactor #4 - and people in the surrounding towns - in grave danger.

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Media Credits

From the BBC documentary, Fallout From Chernobyl.  Online, via BBC Worldwide's channel at YouTube.  Copyright, BBC.  All rights reserved. Clip provided here as fair use for educational purposes and to acquaint new viewers with the production.


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