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Chernobyl fire reaches Pripyat and approaches radioactive waste

NewsChernobyl fire reaches Pripyat and approaches radioactive waste

The fire that broke out ten days ago in the exclusion zone of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant reached the town of Pripyat on Tuesday and is two kilometers from the deposits with radioactive waste of the plant that suffered the greatest atomic catastrophe in history in 1986, according to an activist.

“The situation is critical. The area is on fire. The authorities claim that everything is under control, but in reality the fire is unusually invading new territories,” wrote Yaroslav Yemeliánenko, a member of the public council attached to the State Agency for the Management of the Exclusion Zone, on his Facebook account.

The fire, which was declared ten days ago, triggered the levels of radioactivity in the area of the nuclear disaster. This is what Egor Firsov, the head of Ukraine’s ecological inspection service, reported in a Facebook post accompanied by a video: “This is bad news. (…) Radiation levels are above normal in the centre of the fire. As you can see in the video, the device reads 2.3 when normal is 0.14. But this is only in the heart of the fire.”

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