“The China Syndrome”, released on March 16, 1979, is a nuclear power plant disaster film.
12 days after it was released this happens:
On March 28, 1979, the “Three Mile Island” nuclear power plant disaster occurred. A detailed investigation is performed that concludes that there was a “partial meltdown”.
The same day they released the investigation results, this happens:
The world discovered the Russian Nuclear disaster “Chernobyl” via satellite surveillance.
The “China Syndrome” and “Three Mile Island” paralleled each other closely, both had the following:
- Confusion over valve status due to a critical user interface problem.
- Mechanical parts being stuck.
- The reactor suffered damage.
- Very little radiation leakage.
- No deaths, injuries, or significant damage except to the plant itself.
Both the movie and the real disaster came close to a full core meltdown. Such an event would potentially kill thousands.
Michael Douglas stated: “Incredible”, “I can’t put it together. It’s disturbingly ironic,”
The real TV news reporting of the disaster had eerily similar scenes to that from the movie. Michael Douglas stated: “It was a religious awakening”, “I felt it was God’s hand.”