Over three decades on from the Chernobyl disaster, there’s still a lot of unanswered questions about the nuclear explosion.
But while the disaster is back in the spotlight once again with the release of HBO’s five-part miniseries, Chernobyl, the death toll from the catastrophic accident is still unknown.
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Just seconds later, a series of explosions to the equivalent of 500 nuclear bombs was set off.
Instantly, two men were killed in the blast.
In the weeks that followed, more than 100 people, the majority being firefighters who were first on the scene, developed acute radiation syndrome. In just a few weeks time, 29 of them died.
Mamamia’s daily news podcast The Quicky spoke to Midnight in Chernobyl author Adam Higginbotham about the true story behind Chernobyl.
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Speaking to The Quicky, Higginbotham explained that it was undoubtedly clear that first responders at the scene were showing obvious signs of radiation sickness. But despite the severity of the situation, it took 36 hours before the town of Pripyat was evacuated.