Real-life characters in HBO’s ‘Chernobyl’ on the moment they found out about the world’s worst nuclear-power-plant accident
HBO’s “Chernobyl” series tells the story of the world’s worst nuclear-power-plant accident.
The show is nominated for 19 Emmy awards, including in the Outstanding Limited Series category, in which it’s considered a frontrunner.
Most of the characters who appear in the show existed in real life — and a few have been willing to share their stories.
We rounded up actual accounts of the moment when disaster struck on April 26, 1986.
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HBO’s “Chernobyl” series paints a fairly accurate portrait of the 1986 nuclear disaster, which sent plumes of radioactive material coursing through Pripyat, a city that was once part of the Soviet Union.
The miniseries earned 19 Emmy nominations, including in the Outstanding Limited Series category, in which it’s considered a frontrunner. The award show will be held Sunday, September 22.
As the series shows, the disaster was the result of a flawed design and human error, which caused the core of a nuclear reactor to open into the atmosphere.
Read more: 16 people who helped with the Chernobyl cleanup share their devastating first-hand accounts
With a few exceptions, most of the characters in the series were based on people in the real-life accident. Some lived to tell their tales, and others did not.
A few of those who survived were willing to recall the moment when they either found out about the explosion or witnessed it with their own eyes. Here are their firsthand accounts, told in the years since.
SEE ALSO: 12 ways HBO changed the Chernobyl story
Chernobyl’s chief scientific investigator said the disaster took place on a “beautiful” Saturday.
Valery Legasov, Chernobyl’s chief scientific investigator, recorded his personal account of the disaster on cassette tapes before hanging himself on April 26, 1988 — the second …read more
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