With untold millions at risk, Ulana makes a desperate attempt to reach Valery and warn him about the threat of a second explosion.
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Captions indicate that scenes take place at the "Byelorussian Institute for Nuclear Energy" and "Byelorussian Communist Party Headquarters", both in Minsk. During the Soviet era "Byelorussia" was then the common English spelling of what later became the independent nation of Belarus, of which Minsk is the capital city. See more
There was at no stage the risk of a multi-megaton thermonuclear explosion during the Chernobyl disaster. There was no risk of a nuclear explosion of any kind, not even in the low kiloton range. The actual risk posed by the core melting through to the water-filled bubbler pools below was that of a "conventional" steam explosion. It would have been powerful, it might have impacted the other reactor blocks and made the disaster somewhat more severe, but it doesn't even compare to any kind of nuclear yield. A nuclear yield would have made things several orders of magnitude worse and there was not even a theoretical chance of that happening. See more
An RBMK reactor uses uranium 235 as fuel. Every atom of U-235 is like a bullet, traveling at nearly the speed of light, penetrating nearly everything in its path: woods, metal, concrete, flesh. Every gram of U-235 holds over a billion trillion of these bullets. That's in one gram. Now, Chernobyl holds over three million grams, and right now, it is on fire. Winds will carry radioactive particles across the entire continent, rain will bring them down on us. That's three million billion trillion ...
Performed by Mikhail Shufutinskiy
(Played at the hotel bar where Legasov goes to get a drink) See more