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Is HBO's Chernobyl accurate about the sequence of instructions causing reactor stall?

In the series finale of Chernobyl on HBO, Dyatlov orders Akimov and Toptenov to bring the reactor power down to 700 MW, as per the written test instructions, and then leaves the room without giving a ...
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Why do the three workers have to go inside the power plant again?

I just watched Chernobyl Episode 2, and 3 heroic workers volunteer to sacrifice themselves and return to the power plant to take care of some water tanks. In episode 1, Anatoly gave the order for two ...
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What do the truck's loudspeakers say in HBO's Chernobyl?

Starting at about 1:22 in the trailer, an announcement starts broadcasting on repeat. It is presumably coming from the truck we see a couple of seconds later. What is this announcement?
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Why did energy level drop after switching to global automatic control?

In the 5th episode of HBO's Chernobyl at (30:25), Akimov should lower the energy level to 700 MW. However, when reaching 700MW, the energy level of the reactor drops quickly to 512MW. Legasov ...
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Magic behind 3.6 roentgen/hour in Chernobyl TV series

I'm wondering about origins of this value that comrade Dyatlov said, "Not great, not terrible". The movie and some documentaries mention that they did not know or that they undervalued the danger of ...
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How does he know that it was graphite?

In Chernobyl season one episode two, we saw that when Valery Legasov and Boris Shcherbina were flying to the disaster zone by helicopter, Legasov was saying that there is graphite, but he saw only ...