HBO’s latest mini-series Chernobyl is both haunting and gripping in retelling the events that followed the night of April 26th 1986. The show is not only a fascinating window into the Soviet world that once was, it also serves as a contemporary reminder of “what is the cost of lies”, to quote the final episode’s ultimate line.
The explosion of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant’s reactor 4 was an environmental and human disaster that impacted countless lives across Europe. Children in neighbouring countries at the time of the incident were particularly affected by the emitted radiation, with rates of cancer increasing in the following years.
The above animated map shows the incidence of thyroid cancer in Belarus from 1981 to 2002. It was created in
R using the
sf packages, with data from Cardis et al. (2006). The code to create the animation is the following: