One of the perks that come with being a human is the innate ability to f**k things up. We are the creators of our own problems and when they escalate beyond control, we, ourselves, have to pay the price. Our own pursuits fire back at us with the incidents like the catastrophe at the Chernobyl Power Plant disaster. If this is an alien topic for you, then you must be one of the worst students in the history of History classes. No worries, though! HBO is here to educate you. ‘Chernobyl’ is the series based on these horrifying true events. It is written by Craig Mazin, who is known for his work in ‘Identity Thief’, the second and third part of ‘The Hangover’, and ‘The Huntsman: Winter’s War’. Johan Renck serves as the director for the series. Mazin also takes the mantle of the executive producer, with Jane Featherstone and Carolyn Strauss sharing the title.
What Happened at Chernobyl?
Chernobyl is a city located on the Belarus-Ukraine border, known for its devastation after the accident at the nearby nuclear power plant. Located near the Ukraine-Belarus border is a small town named Pripyat, which was closest to the site of the No. 4 reactor of the Chernobyl Power Plant. On April 25, 1986, during one of the power failure tests the core of the reactor inadvertently exploded during the emergency its shutdown. As a result, the steam explosion and fires released at least 5% of the radioactive reactor core into the atmosphere and downwind.
Two Chernobyl plant workers died on the night of the accident, and a further 28 people died within a few weeks as a result of acute radiation poisoning. What actually happened there might be a bit difficult to understand, especially if you don’t have any prior scientific knowledge. The one thing that is easier to grasp is that the death count could have been reduced had proper measures been taken by the people higher up. Whenever a catastrophe occurs, it is majorly because the people in-charge buckle under the pressure and can’t do their job properly. HBO’s ‘Chernobyl’ explains how the failure of humans was more harmful than the failure of the reactor itself.
Who Was Responsible For the Disaster?
As soon as the fire exploded, the firefighters were called on the scene. However, as some of them later claimed, they weren’t fully aware of the situation they were getting themselves into. They thought that it was just another case of a simple fire, most probably electrical. Lieutenant Volodymyr Pravik was at the helm of the firefighter brigade, who were the first responders on the scene. Unaware of the danger they were walking into, many of them saw their friends and co-workers walk into something that they never came out of. One of the root issues that emerged in the early hours of the disaster was the incapability of the government to own up to it because acknowledging you have a problem is the first step to finding a solution. Covering up is not the same as solving it. But the government officials didn’t have to pay the price for it. It was paid by the men who were sent to mitigate the thing that they didn’t have a proper idea of.