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1986's Chernobyl disaster – FROM THE ARCHIVE – BBC Newsnight



It has been 33 years since the Chernobyl disaster – the worst nuclear catastrophe in human history.
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In the early hours of 26 April 1986, one of four nuclear reactors at the Chernobyl power station exploded. Chernobyl is north of Kiev, Ukraine.

Since the explosion an area of more than 4,000 square kilometres has been abandoned.

There is no official account of how many died and suffered as a result of the meltdown, and the health implications of the disaster have long been debated.

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electroman1996
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electroman1996

1:16
So, Chernobyl is in Belarus now? ^^

Mete Tural
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Mete Tural

They just thought it leaked radiation. Not that it exploded. Those Soviets were damn good at hiding things.

saint uk
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saint uk

I remember watching this, I was 16. Where I lived there was always a fear of Sellafield, not too far across the sea on the Cumbrian coast. Chernobyl, however, scared the life out of us…. we knew it was bad, very bad. Those initial days concerned it was a water tank / hydrogen incident…..little did we know! And yes, today's news has been dumbed down immensely.

James Aitchison
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James Aitchison

Jeezo…i remember watching this at that time with my dad, i hadn't a clue about nuclear technology back then (i was only 8 though). Hindsight makes watching this report after all these years makes it seem all the more chilling.

Ray Bryant
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Ray Bryant

I ran a barcode scanner over this guys forehead and it's apparently a packet of Salt and Vinegar chips.

Tim Taylor
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Tim Taylor

News got it wrong…. The fuckers blew the lid clean aff it….

Magnus Sandström
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Magnus Sandström

Not a meltdown, explosion

juan paulo
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juan paulo

Still waiting for John Cleese to enter frame

juan paulo
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juan paulo

I learned English watching this

dziadziole
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dziadziole

All wrong … it is not the way it happened ….

Wirebiter64
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Wirebiter64

Serious news without an agenda. I miss this.

Gonzalo del Moral
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Gonzalo del Moral

1:32 apparently Chernobyl used to be in Minsk

Laser Lens
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Laser Lens

Damn this is some fine reporting given the circumstances. Almost forgot I was watchinga news broadcast.

SatanKaputMachen
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SatanKaputMachen

Oh boy, the guy doesn't know about Kyshtim disaster also in the Soviet Union. The 3rd worst accident in history.

David Morgan
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David Morgan

When the BBC was creditable, far from the left wing shite that they promote now……

BrandonFleming
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BrandonFleming

4:17 hey i live right by browns ferry

Steven Britton
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Steven Britton

Fantantastic job at lighting your studio, guys!

AtomSmash
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AtomSmash

Good, classic news. Straightforward, no hype. Definitely a lot of speculation, i.e. "containment building" when in fact there wasn't one. This is a good example of how very isolationist and secretive the Soviet Union was, and how well they were able to keep news from getting out.

johnnyyyy
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johnnyyyy

Wow, looking back 30 years later. I’m surprised how accurate Dr Medvedev described the situation, he really knew this stuff.

Kamenko TV
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Kamenko TV

this new is uploaded a little late

Ian Mangham
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Ian Mangham

Insanity, lies and more lies, it was a plumbing issue, a toilet was backed up leading to an explosion of poo.

Ian West
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Ian West

Am currently reading Chernobyl :a history, have seen the mini series and this is a good addition to what I'm reading. All I have to do now, is go there. Interesting stuff.

Emiel Visser
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Emiel Visser

1:12
Very good reporting, and what an acurate map! The Netherlands indeed didn't exist yet in 1986. It was part of the Greater G.D.R., as we all know. So were Belgium and Luxembourg.
Anyone claiming otherwise, especially Dutch and Belgian people, should be taken to the Infirmary. It simply DIDN'T EXIST.

Jon Smith
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Jon Smith

Back when the BBC was a respected news outlet and not a politically biased left wing propaganda organisation. If it was reporting on Chernobyl now it would just interview some feminists to explain how it is Trump's fault and then refuse to interview any nuclear or political experts unless they were gay/ female / ethnic minority.

Lukey P
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Lukey P

Isn't history awesome

MrJobofo
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MrJobofo

"Chen oh beel" fuck off you posh twat. 😂

holomatrix
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holomatrix

The cajualaties of the Chur no beel

COGGZI
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COGGZI

Chair-no-beal?

Thomaz Chernenko
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Thomaz Chernenko

Chernobil he says

Oi Stop
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Oi Stop

Listen I want this kind of reporting and I pay my licence so fucking give me it everything else is so unbelievably shit I lied about the paying my licence part I’m too young.

jz horn
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jz horn

There is a rumor going around that in Season 4 of Stranger Things El causes this and its just a cover up.

James Gorman
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James Gorman

What happened in the Urals?