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With HBO’s ‘Chernobyl’ Trailer, the Worst Nuclear Disaster of All Time Is Having a Moment

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” There was nothing sane about Chernobyl ,” a character gravely intones during the trailer for Chernobyl, a new HBO series that premieres May 6. And for those who’ve forgotten the details of the infamous nuclear calamity–or who weren’t alive when it happened–the preview is a jarring reminder of the events of the spring of 1986, when a reactor exploded in a nuclear facility situated in Soviet-controlled Ukraine.

As the Chernobyl trailer illustrates in oft-excruciating detail, the fallout led to illness, death, and uncertainty in the small Ukraine city of Pripyat and beyond, as Soviet officials scrambled to contain the damages–and to downplay the meltdown’s impacts. (” In words of radioactivity ,” notes one of Chernobyl’s politicos,” I’m told it’s the equivalent of a chest X-ray .”)

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