Thursday, July 2, 2015
Radiation spikes after wildfire in Chernobyl exclusion zone — RT News
Ukrainian nuclear inspectors have measured a significant increase in radiation in the Chernobyl exclusion zone caused by heavy wildfires raging in close proximity to the crippled nuclear power station.
Air near the desolated settlement of Polesskoye in the Chernobyl zone is contaminated with the radioactive element cesium-137. Its content in the air has reached a level called “sequence above the norm” (approximately ten times the norm), the State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate of Ukraine (SNRI) reported on Wednesday.
Cesium-137 is one of the most dangerous nuclear elements, as it accumulates in the body and can lead to leukemia...