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Chernobyl: “The Most Horrifying Phone Talk of the Century”

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April 26, 2013, marks the 27th anniversary of the 1986 Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant disaster. Andriy Pryimachenko of has created a video transcript [ru] of the audio recordings of the conversations that took place shortly after the blast between the dispatchers of the plant's firefighting unit and other firefighting dispatchers and officials. On his blog, Ivan Mateyko comments [uk] on this “most horrifying phone talk of the 20th century”:

[…] Hard to guess what these people were thinking back then and whether they knew how serious the situation and its possible consequences were, but the horror in their voices is evident. […]

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