A science writer who has toured the site of the 1986 nuclear disaster weighs in on the popular series

The first thing to understand about the miniseries Chernobyl, which concluded its five-part run this week, is that a lot of it is made up. But here's the second, and more important, thing: It doesn't really matter.

The explosion and fire at Chernobyl's Unit 4 reactor April 26, 1986, was an extraordinarily messy and grim event, a radioactive "dirty" bomb on a scale that no one — certainly not anyone in the Soviet Union — was prepared for. It remains the

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