April 26, 1986. The heavy grain is due to the huge amount of radiation in the air that began to destroy the camera film the second it was exposed for this photo.
Modern reactors have been design with multiples fail-safes to prevent this from even getting close to happening.
new designs based on sodium reactions are actually unmeltable because they need constant heat applied in order to keep it reactive so if it would have failed it would just turn itself off.
KGB knew that the reactor lacked protection, that in attempts to finish works as fast as possible security measures were neglected by construction teams, that the whole system was not reliable enough and it was launched anyways.
KGB intercepted first overexposed cars from Chernobyl in Kyiv the next day after the disaster and yet in four days they let Labour Day rallies out. Six days after the disaster KGB already knew exactly what happened and what caused it, yet the official report was published only half a year later.
KGB intentionally obstructed foreign journalists from getting real information about the situation, including surrounding them with special task force on Kyiv main railroad station. Newsweek’s journalist spoke to a number of what he thought were civilians, but all of them were undercover KGB agents.
KGB monitored public and private conversations and punished those who was negative about the state or the party in regards to the disaster.
KGB intentionally concealed information about radioactive pollution, measures to fight it and result of treatment of radiation exposure.