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Chernobyl Forest Fire Is Getting Closer To Nuclear Reactor

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As if the year 2020 could not have gotten any worse, the Chernobyl forest fires have erupted in Ukraine. The fires are burning for over a week now in the dry areas of the nuclear city. What is so much worse about this news is that these fires are heading towards the infamous nuclear reactor of the abandoned city. The Ukrainian officials reported high radiation spikes in the area where the first fire erupted. There is now a growing concern that if the fires get too close to the nuclear complex, it will give rise to radiation contamination.

Chernobyl Forest Fires Continue To Ravage

We all remember the famous HBO miniseries Chernobyl. The Ukrainian nuclear reactor exploded back in 1986, but it is in danger once again it seems. The Chernobyl fires have already engulfed 8,600 acres of land since its beginning on Saturday, April, 11. 400 firefighters, 100 fire engines and several helicopters are continuously battling it out at the radiated city. According to one report, the radiation level has spiked as much as 16 times in some places because of the fires. While this level is lower as compared to the initial explosion, it still poses risk to the country’s residents.

The forest fires in Chernobyl are growing across the surrounding areas of the exclusion zone, and now police are evacuating the village of Poliske, which is situated inside the zone. Although no one is allowed to live inside the exclusion zone, this group of some 20 people was adamant to stay and still go on to live their lives inside the radiated lands.

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Era arrivato a poco più di un chilometro dal reattore numero 4, che nella notte tra il 25 e il 26 aprile del 1986 saltò in aria provocando la più grave catastrofe nucleare della storia. Ma dopo oltre una settimana di lotta, sostengono le autorità ucraine, ora è innocuo. L’incendio divampato dieci giorni fa nella foresta contaminata attorno alla centrale di Chernobyl è stato circoscritto: non c’è più un “fuoco aperto”, hanno annunciato i servizi di emergenza ucraini, e le radiazioni sono nella norma. Gli esperti temevano che gli incendi sollevassero ceneri radioattive , col rischio che nubi di fumo contaminato potessero raggiungere la capitale Kiev. Tuttavia, i livelli di radioattività registrati attorno a Chernobyl nei giorni dell’incendio hanno superato di 16 volte i valori normali. Lunedì Greenpeace aveva dichiarato, sulla base di immagini satellitari, che le fiamme erano ad appena 1,5 chilometri dalla centrale e dal reattore numero 4, adesso protetto da un nuovo scudo protettivo che limita le fughe radioattive: si chiama New Safe Confinement ed è una sorta di gigantesca cupola d’acciaio. Per domare l’incendio, in questi giorni sono stati impegnati oltre 400 vigili del fuoco, che hanno utilizzato decine di mezzi nonché tre aerei e altrettanti elicotteri. La pioggia delle ultime ore è stata per loro una preziosa alleata. Insomma, scampato pericolo. #ucraina #chernobyl #scampatopericolo #incendio #fire #fuoco #radiazioni #scorie

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According to the weather forecast, winds carrying radioactive smoke are likely to head towards the Chernihiv region and the border of Belarus. It can also make its way towards the capital city of Ukraine, which is only 60 miles away. This is increasingly becoming something like in the past, as per what the HBO series showed.

The Chernobyl forest fire isn’t something that happens now and then, it was an act of arson, according to the local police. The authorities also claim that they have detained the man responsible.

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