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7 wildfires in Chernobyl Exclusion zone exceed Ukraine’s emergency classification tenfold.

 Seven wildfires have broken out in the exclusion zone surrounding the
Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, the site of the world’s worst nuclear
disaster, according to a statement by Ukraine’s Parliament. The fires,
which were observed via satellite, exceed Ukraine’s emergency
classification criteria tenfold.

Ukrainian officials stated that the fires
were caused by “the armed aggression of the Russian Federation, namely
the shelling or arson,” though this has not been independently verified.
Wildfires risk mobilizing and dispersing radioactive contaminants left over
from the 1986 nuclear accident at Chernobyl.

 Bulletin of Atomic Scientists 23rd March 2022


March 31, 2022 - Posted by | climate change, incidents, Ukraine

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