TIL The Soviet Union did not admit that a reactor had exploded at Chernobyl until nearly three days after radiation from the disaster set off alarms at a nuclear plant in Sweden 1000 km away

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Was only 3.6 roentgen to be fair. Not great, not terrible.


The HBO series is so fucking good and informative. Go see it if you haven’t seen it already. It triggered Putin so bad that he had his own version of the show made up where a sneaky CIA agent is shown to be responsible, instead.


Essentially the soviets were waiting to see how bad it was and what they would be forced into admitting vs. what the reality was. Basically trying to see how much of the damage they could hide.


I remember that. For days, the whole world was all “Soviets, why is there cancer sauce pouring out of Ukraine?” Soviet Union “uh, everything’s perfectly all right now. We’re fine. We’re all fine here, now, thank you. How are you? “


The Swedes must have been damn confused