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Raging forest infernos in Chernobyl Exclusion Zone burning for eight days are now 'close' to exploded nuclear reactor amid new fears of radiation contamination
Wildfires burning through Chernobyl forests are nearing the nuclear reactor
There are fears that flames could reach radioactive trucks and vehicles abandoned after the notorious 1986 power station explosion
Kiev has deployed more than 300 people and 85 pieces of equipment
#Chernobyl right now fires reported already in the plant zone, only 500m from Unit 4 nuclear reactor. Photo
Firefighters battle massive flames near disused #Chernobyl nuclear plant. Authorities insist the fire poses no risk to the public, though the state ecological inspector claims radiation readings are now 16 times higher than normal within the bushfire area
originally posted by: cirrus12
Yeah that is so odd, I wonder if it was on purpose or just land clearing. Seems dangerous to do so close to this dangerous zone.
a reply to: Bigburgh
As of now, an official cause has yet to be determined, though it appears the fires didn’t start from natural causes. Last week, the Guardian reported that police arrested a 27-year-old suspect who told authorities he set fire to the grass “for fun,” though no developments have been reported. According to the Times, it’s also possible that a farmer deliberately started a fire to clear stubble from surrounding fields.
The Kyiv police have identified a man who allegedly started a mass fire in the uninhabited exclusion zone around the decommissioned Chernobyl nuclear plant last week.
The police said on April 6 that a 27-year-old resident of the Rahivka village told investigators that he had set some garbage and grass on fire "for fun."
Police launched a probe into the destruction of forestry, an offense which can be punished with hefty fines or imprisonment for up to five years.
The young man, whose identity was not disclosed, has not yet been officially charged.
originally posted by: ketsuko
a reply to: Bigburgh
I am not going to assume it was maliciousness. This is the time of year when farmers typically burn off their pastures for spring.
The reindeer live in southern and central Norway, where they graze on lichen and fungus—two things that ravenously absorbed the fallout of Chernobyl. As a result, many of the animals contain levels of radioactivity far beyond the European Union limit for consumption. That troubling for the Sami, an indigenous population that relies upon them for sustenance.