Local radiation 16 times above normal after forest fire near Chernobyl

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2 years 4 months ago #5555 by Radslug
Apparently a pyro was setting small fires near Chernobyl that got out of control last Saturday & firefighters were hindered by the uptick in radiation.
They are reportedly almost under control now.

www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/apr...-fire-near-chernobyl
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2 years 4 months ago #5566 by Simomax
This happened back in 2015 also. It will probably happen again.

Smoke from Chernobyl fire could spread radiation far and wide - experts
www.rt.com/news/254193-chernobyl-fire-radiation-spread/

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2 years 4 months ago - 2 years 4 months ago #5603 by Simomax
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2 years 4 months ago #5604 by Simomax
Forest fires rip through Chernobyl, triggers radiation spike around nuclear plant

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2 years 4 months ago #5609 by Simomax
CRIIRAD monitoring Kiev nuclear risk of Chernobyl radioactive plumes #Strontium90 #Plutonium #Cesium137/134

The fires in the highly contaminated area of ​​Polesskoye, located some 50 km west of
the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, are still active, but other fires have developed during the week, in the heart of the 30 kilometer zone. The fire in the Korogodsky forest is thus located only a few kilometers from the damaged reactor (see illustration above).

Besides the resuspension in the atmosphere of cesium 137 accumulated in the biomass (and probably also plutonium and strontium 90), questions arise about the safety of nuclear installations. The April 9, Ukrainian authorities 1 said: “Large-scale fires can threaten security in the region as well as the facilities located in the exclusion zone where the radioactive waste, used nuclear fuel and the Chernobyl nuclear power plant ”and“ Due to the heavy smoke, it is impossible to precisely determine the area affected by the fire, which, according to preliminary, may be 100 ha ‘.
According to the DAZV agency, the State Agency in charge of the Management of the Forbidden Zone 2, the gamma dose rates measured by sensors located in areas close to fires have fluctuation levels usual.

nuclear-news.net/2020/04/12/criirad-moni...onium-cesium137-134/

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2 years 4 months ago #5619 by Simomax
Some more on this:
Raging forest infernos in Chernobyl Exclusion Zone burning for eight days are now 'close' to exploded nuclear reactor amid new fears of radiation contamination
www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8212397...nuclear-reactor.html

Toxic fumes near nuclear disaster site could sweep across Europe - warning
www.express.co.uk/news/world/1268371/Che...-radioactive-nuclear

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