On April 26, 1986, a 1,000 feet high flame rises into the sky of the Ukraine. The fourth reactor of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant just exploded. A battle begins in which 500,000 men are engaged throughout the Soviet Union to "liquidate" the radioactivity, build the "sarcophagus" of the damaged reactor and save the world from a second explosion that would have destroyed half of Europe. Become a reference film, this documentary combines testimonials and unseen footage, tells for the first time the Battle of Chernobyl.
Did You Know?
A huge explosion throws the 1200 ton reactor-lid into the air. A cloud of radioactive gas spreads hundreds of meters from the power plant. From the huge hole flames with radioactive particles of uranium and graphite shoot almost 1000 meters up into the night sky.
Youri Korneev (machinist, reactor block 4)
You could see bright, luminous colors: orange, red, sky-blue. Actually it was beautiful to behold... like a rainbow.