Chernobyl – First Days After the Explosion

This film shows the terrifying images captured by the Russian filmmaker Vladimir Shevchenko on scene at Chernobyl those dreadful days in April 1986. Shevchenko later died suffering from the radiation he exposed himself to. Sadly, his name is not among the official casualties of the accident.

20 thoughts on “Chernobyl – First Days After the Explosion”

  1. Incredible footage, and very frightening. I am always struck by the contrast between the beauty of the Chernobyl countryside (even the tree lined roads) and the death that hangs over the area. It makes me wonder why the world even flirts with the North Koreans and Iranians over the nuclear issue.

    • Robots unfortunately failed to function in the radioactive environment and this was work that was of paramount importance. If they hadn’t gone there would have been a second meltdown the power of which could have left Europe uninhabitable.

      • Second meltdown? I thought there hadn’t been one in the first place. It was a steam explosion caused by super heated steam from the reactor which was running almost dry and heating up too quickly. The reactor vessel lid blew off because it was of poor construction dispersing tons of radioactive isotopes into the air.

        • And another one was about to happen as soon as the melt core of the reactor reached underground wather. That would be catastrophic, and probably would render entire Europe inhabitable. That’s why the liquidators dug that hole and concreted under the reactor, so they could stop that hot radioactive magma and build the “sarcophagus” to seal that tragedy inside. Well, not so much, since the “sarcophagus” life span is almost over, and a new one must be built. A stronger one.

  2. Very moving movie. Rest In Peace to the heroes of Chernobyl. Liquidators, militaries, journalists.

    You can also see “The Battle of Chernobyl” on Youtube. Amazing report.

    Thanks for sharing.

  3. What’s more interesting about liquidators is that most of them knew that something awful was expecting to them, and they faced the danger anyway, because “someone had to do it”. They are true heroes, defending not only their motherland, but an entire continent from an invisible enemy. The deceased surely got the deserved rest, but the living ones are abandoned by the goverments. That’s sad. They did so much, they are invalid today, can’t work, and got almost no compensation.

  4. Such an amazing man.
    “Chernobyl. My last film and my last breath.”

    I remember seeing this some time ago while researching Chernobyl.
    I will be going into the exclusion zone in April this year to photograph on the 25th anniversary.

  5. Can someone tell me, why this is the only forum where nothing works right? You can’t see comments. It’s very frustrating.

  6. Everyone, I apologize for the comment above. In light of this fantasic film.

    I hope and pray, there is a special place in the after world, a special nice place, for the brave men who fought to contain this tragic acident. The firemen, miners, soldiers, and journalists, everyone.

    An event such as this brings out the best, or the worse, in us all. The politicians lied, and these brave people fought.

  7. Amazing and heroic effort by people to keep that disaster from spreading. Sad that it was entirely preventable. Thanks for the video, it serves to document those that gave all to safe everyone.

  8. Hey; where’s SovMarx1924 to tell us how great things were in the Soviet Union – you know, the advanced science and industry, and the loving care the state had for its workers and people?

    • If you think capitalist governments don’t lie to their populations and care about their labor forces, you are living in Alley Oop Fantasyland.

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