Forest fire near Chernobyl boosts radiation level

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Forest fire near Chernobyl boosts radiation level

Apr 06, 2020 10:58 IST

The area around the Chernobyl nuclear power station was engulfed by two forest fires on Saturday, leading to a spike in radiation levels. Ukrainian fire-fighters and a helicopter labored in to douse the blaze that had spread to about 100 hectares. Authorities shared that the radiation levels at the site were substantially higher, about 16 times above normal. The fires were within the 2,600-square-kilometer area of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, established after the 1986 disaster.

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