This was the original problem for/with Nuclear Power. It wasn’t the cost. It wasn’t the Carbon. It wasn’t about the size of the solution vs. the size of the problem. It wasn’t even the danger. It was the DURATION. This will be with humans forever. Maybe towards the end of our time here on Earth we can salvage some plutonium and uranium for constructive uses but that is forever too.
Radiation levels rise as fires burn near Chernobyl’s former nuclear power plant
A photo taken from the roof of Chernobyl’s old nuclear power plant has revealed how close the bushfires raging through Ukraine’s forests are from the site of the 1986 nuclear disaster.
- Crews are working to contain the forest fires burning through the territory surrounding the Chernobyl nuclear power plant
- Radiation levels near the fires have been elevated, with the blazes producing swirling smoke
- Winds are blowing smoke towards Kiev though authorities say radiation levels in the city remain normal
Firefighters are working to control the blazes burning through the irradiated forests in the territory surrounding the former nuclear plant.
Radiation levels near the wildfires have risen, and the blazes have produced swirling smoke which is being blown towards neighbouring regions.
Winds had blown the smoke towards rural areas of Russia and nearby Belarus, but they shifted in the direction of Ukrainian capital Kiev over the weekend.
Authorities in Kiev, which has a population of about 3 million people, say radiation levels in the city remain normal.
Its citizens are already in lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The winds are more of a significant headache for the site of Chernobyl’s closed nuclear power plant. Strong gusts could spread the fires towards what is left of the facility as well as the abandoned equipment used to clean up the disaster.
“At the moment we cannot say the fire is contained,” acting head of the State Agency of Ukraine on Exclusion Zone Management Kateryna Pavlova said.
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