Mother Nature saved Ukraine from a potential catastrophe, dumping rain on a conflagration that had spread through the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone and threatened to engulf the former Chernobyl nuclear power plant and nearby facilities storing radioactive waste and used fuel. Over a thousand poorly equipped firefighters for 10 days battled the blaze, which was largely concentrated in two areas, and finally on Apr. 14 a rainfall doused the flames and provided succor. Local data suggest that no spike in background radiation occurred either in the zone or areas affected by the enormous smoke clouds, although external sources indicated otherwise, and now that the worst is over the blame-game in Ukraine has begun in earnest. Independent reports and satellite imagery show that one of the two fires approached the western edge of the Chernobyl plant within a kilometer, threatening the New Safe Confinement, the massive French-built hangar over reactor No. 4 that exploded in 1986.
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Smoke from wildfires in the contaminated evacuation zone around the wrecked Chernobyl nuclear power plant has engulfed Kiev, placing the Ukrainian capital near the top of the global air pollution index. Authorities said radiation levels in Kiev have remained normal, but they advised residents to stay home and close their windows. About 1,000 firefighters, backed by aircraft, have been battling the forest blazes near the site of the world’s worst nuclear accident, which took place 34 years ago.
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