Fires in the exclusion zone of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant became the largest in history. The area covered by fires in the exclusion zone of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, currently stands at almost 29 thousand hectares. These are the largest fires in the history of the exclusion zone. According to the latest information received by Greenpeace Russia experts in the analysis of satellite images, a fire at least in one section spread across the Pripyat River, the width of which at this point is about two hundred meters. The distance from the sarcophagus of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant to the nearest edge of this fire is now about a kilometer.
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Fire continues to travel through the “forbidden zone” around the Chernobyl reactor, which crashed in 1986 and has been shut-down since 2000. A senior emergency services official said there was ” no threat ” to the central or its storage facilities, while the Deputy Minister of the Interior Anton Gerashchenko insisted: ” Everything will be fine “. But it is to be feared that the fires have grown considerably. Greenpeace Russia said that one of them was one kilometer from the factory itself. The Russian branch of the NGO, quoted by Reuters, said the largest fire covered 34,000 hectares, while a second fire, just one kilometer from the old factory, had an area of 12,000 hectares. Although fires are common in the region, Greenpeace said it could be the worst in decades. Emergency services continue to fight the fire. Ukraine has sent hundreds of firefighters, as well as planes and helicopters.
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Ukrainian emergency officials said Tuesday they have extinguished forest fires in the radiation-contaminated area near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, but acknowledged that grass was still smoldering in some areas. Hundreds of firefighters backed by aircraft have been battling several forest fires around Chernobyl for the past 10 days. They contained the initial blazes, but new fires raged closer to the decommissioned plant. Emergencies Service chief Mykola Chechetkin reported to President Volodymyr Zelenskiy that rains helped firefighters put out the flames, but acknowledged that it would take a few more days to extinguish smoldering grass. Chechetkin said emergency workers have prevented the fire from engulfing radioactive waste depots and other facilities in Chernobyl.
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Rain helps extinguish Chernobyl forest fire. A huge fire that tore through forests around the defunct Chernobyl nuclear plant has been put out after hundreds of emergency workers used planes and helicopters to douse the flames. Environmental activists had said the fire, near the site of the world’s worst nuclear disaster in 1986 and believed to have been started deliberately, posed a radiation risk. Officials said they registered short-term rises in Caesium-137 particles in the Kiev area to the south of the plant, but radiation levels were within normal limits overall and did not require additional protection measures.
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