Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Ukrainian Interior Ministry Says Wildfire Stopped From Reaching Chernobyl

Earlier in the day, Ukraine’s Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said the fire near the disaster site had spread across some 400 hectares. Interior Troops and the National Guard were put on high alert.

“Fire units operate uninterruptedly. Units and fire protection equipment have arrived from Kiev to help local firefighters. No panic and hysteria! The situation was complicated, but it is under control. The spread of fire towards Chernobyl is stopped, there is no threat,” Shkiryak wrote on Facebook late Tuesday.

On April 26, 1986, the worst nuclear power plant accident in history took place in the Soviet Union, on the territory of modern-day Ukraine, near the border with Belarus. One of the Chernobyl plant's reactors exploded, causing a massive leak of radioactive materials.

Dozens of people, mostly plant workers and rescuers, died in the accident and of acute radiation syndrome in the following months. Thousands more were affected by radiation.


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  1. Radiation level safe in Chernobyl Exclusion Zone hit by wildfire...

    The radiation level is safe in the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant Exclusion Zone where a forest fire broke out on Tuesday, the acting head of Ukraine's emergencies service said on Wednesday.

    "The background radiation level is normal, there is no threat," Zoryan Shkiryak said.

    He said the fire had been localised and the situation was under control.

    Shkiryak said that aircraft were dumping water on the flames.

    The Exclusion Zone covers an area of approximately 2,600 square kilometers around the site of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster.


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