Haunting scenes of death, destruction and sickness that followed Chernobyl The nuclear meltdown 36 years ago – the deadliest nuclear accident ever – was recorded on film and video but remained hidden for decades. Now, those previously untold stories are finally coming to light in a new HBO documentary called Chernobyl: The Lost Tapes.
A trailer for the film, shared by HBO on Friday (June 3). on Youtubeoffers a glimpse of what was happening in Ukraine (then part of the soviet unionor USSR) after the terrible catastrophe that unfolded on April 26.
On the long-lost tapes, eyewitness testimony offers a glimpse of life in Chernobyl before the disaster and how it changed forever after the accident. “Everything was documented,” says one of the witnesses in the trailer, but many details of the blast and potential dangers were obscured by Soviet officials, who dispatched soldiers to “liquidate” the damage and cover up the incident, HBO officials said in one Explanation.
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The people living in and around Chernobyl, as well as the workers tasked with repairing the damage on site, were subsequently kept in the dark about the health risks posed by exposure to deadly hazards radiation. As more and more people exposed to Chernobyl radiation fell ill, their trust in Soviet leadership eroded, which the statement said contributed to the widespread unrest that ultimately dissolved the Soviet Union.
The Chernobyl reactor explosion killed two factory workers and 29 other people, many of them firefighters who rushed to fight the blaze, later died of radiation poisoning, the authorities said International Atomic Energy Agency. In the following years Cancer rates skyrocketed among Ukrainian children, up about 90%, Live Science previously reported. in 2006, a report A study commissioned by Greenpeace International estimated that over 93,000 people in Ukraine, Belarus and Russia died from diseases linked to Chernobyl radiation exposure.
The report went on to say that approximately 270,000 people in those countries who have developed cancer would not have done so had they not been exposed to the high levels of radiation caused by the accident.
Chernobyl: The Lost Tapes premieres June 22 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on HBO and is available to stream on HBO Max.
Originally published on Live Science.
https://www.livescience.com/chernobyl-lost-tapes-hbo-trailer ‘Lost tapes’ from Chernobyl show the haunting fallout of the nuclear disaster