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Thursday, April 9, 2020

Large Forest Fires Released Huge Amounts of Radiation In Chernobyl

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Image: Global News

Before the fall of Soviet Union, Chernobyl shocked the foundations of USSR and showed the world of how devastating a nuclear meltdown can be. Earlier this week, a shocking report suggest that a forest fire triggered a spike in radiation as a huge forest fire is closing in to the forest where the old power plant resides.

On April 7, 2 huge forest fires razed the outskirts of the dreaded facility. Authorities scrambled to prevent the forest fire from reaching the abandoned facility. With the combined effort of at least a hundred firefighters, the fire that affected more than 20 hectares of forest around Chernobyl did not reach the highly radioactive powerplant yet. Even to this time of writing firefighters still struggle to contain the forest fire.

chernobyl forest fire
Image: Live Science

The news about this forest fire is quite alarming because of the unfortunate string of events ever since the start of this decade. Netizens who have read the news of the forest fire expressed fears of another disaster. It is interesting to note that the forest fire around Chernobyl isn't new, 5 years ago a forest fire also razed the perimeter of the old nuclear facility.

Image: MSN

Most people would be familiar to be incident because they have watched the 2019 miniseries titled Chernobyl.The show ran for 5 one-hour long episodes, it was produced by HBO and a loose adaptation of Svetlana Alexievich's Voices from Chernobyl. The series is a faithful retelling of the events of Chernobyl disaster in the eyes of the people most affected.

The nuclear accident led to the spike of cancer cases around the Urals, it was estimated that at least 16,000 people were affected by the Chernobyl disaster. Most of these victims succumbed to cancer related complications that led to their deaths. The radioactivity released by the Chernobyl disaster affected Ukraine, and other Soviet satellite states near it. Let's hope that the same tragedy won't happen again.


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