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    A wildfire in Russia has come within 20 km of the damaged nuclear plant at Chernobyl, and is burning the area all around the plant. Aside from the danger of the nuclear plant itself catching on fire and burning, thus releasing the same toxins into the air, is the fact that the plants and trees in the area are also chemically contaminated.
    When the Chernobyl catastrophe happened, the radioactive chemicals that were released into the air landed on the ground and have been being absorbed into the plants growing there since then.
    Now that the fire is raging through the area and burning the contaminated plants, all of the chemicals are being released into the air again, to spread over the countryside once more.

    http://rt.com/news/253897-chernobyl-fires-rage-ukraine/
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  • #2
    That is bad news. I was in Europe during the Chernobyl disaster and we were told to remain indoors for more than a weeks as toxic clouds swept over us and contaminated the soil. For a long time after Chernobyl happened the dairy products that were produced in our region contained high levels of radioactivity. So, this fire, if not contained quickly, might be having far reaching consequences that go beyond the borders of Russia.

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    • #3
      The fire comes just two days after Ukrainians marked 29 years since the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.
      April 26 and then a couple of days later,this.There is no big danger since the distance is more than 12-13 miles,but what is to be taken care of is the the high flames and sudden gusts of wind,which can cause a spread across the plant.Hoping they bring it under control completely.

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      • #4
        bala, actually, even if the fire does not reach the Chernobyl nucler plant, this is still a significant danger, Bala. The original disaster put toxins in the air which then fell on the ground and were absorbed by the trees growing there, and other groundcover. All of this contaminated vegetation is now burning with the wildfire, and as it burns, the contamination goes into the air along with the smoke from the fire.
        Even if they get the fire put out before it reaches the nuclear plant itself, there are still toxins being released right now, which people are breathing, and which are also being dropped to the ground to start the cycle all over again.
        This is a very bad thing already, and if it does reach the nuclear facility, then it will become even worse. All that it takes is a strong wind blowing towards the Chernobyl plant, and the fire will leap through the tops of the trees and get there before they can stop it.
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        • #5
          Am sure the world can find away to clear the radiation around Chernobyl taking into consideration the technology we have today. We cant just wait for another 22000 years for Chernobyl to be safe and habitable again. There must be a way to deal with the Chernobyl issue.

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          • #6
            Not much technology to remove radiation levels from the environment, and sadly incineration does nothing to reduce radiation levels.

            The sane way to deal with this, is to have built an effective containment vessel for the reactor, like the rest of the world does. Putting this horse back in the stall is no small matter, and no one has been interested in addressing it for the past 28 years. Time is the only viable option.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Tumbleweed View Post
              bala, actually, even if the fire does not reach the Chernobyl nucler plant, this is still a significant danger, Bala. The original disaster put toxins in the air which then fell on the ground and were absorbed by the trees growing there, and other groundcover. All of this contaminated vegetation is now burning with the wildfire, and as it burns, the contamination goes into the air along with the smoke from the fire.
              Even if they get the fire put out before it reaches the nuclear plant itself, there are still toxins being released right now, which people are breathing, and which are also being dropped to the ground to start the cycle all over again.
              This is a very bad thing already, and if it does reach the nuclear facility, then it will become even worse. All that it takes is a strong wind blowing towards the Chernobyl plant, and the fire will leap through the tops of the trees and get there before they can stop it.
              Ahh,i get it,but wait if those radioactive ions are still buried in ground i am sure they would not "active isotopes" of that element at all.Over the due course of time,more than decades they would have been in subdued state.Of course it all depends on the element though,mine was just a prediction.
              Hoping nothing deadly happens there again.

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              • #8
                This is indeed frightening. We all know how dangerous the effects of radioactive elements are. And if contaminated plants and trees will be burned, toxins released in air do have possibilities to be spread in the nearby towns and communities, thus affecting residents and people's lives.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by MrZekrom View Post
                  This is indeed frightening. We all know how dangerous the effects of radioactive elements are. And if contaminated plants and trees will be burned, toxins released in air do have possibilities to be spread in the nearby towns and communities, thus affecting residents and people's lives.
                  Of course that has already been the point of discussion in here.Pls feel free to add any stats you might find useful.
                  What do you think will be the aftermath of one such an instance.?.For now there hasn't been any hard acts happening around there.hopefully this should stay the same.

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                  • #10
                    The latest information that I could find says that they now seem to have the wildfire under control. However there are differing opinions about how dangerous to humans that the smoke from these wildfires are going to be. Kiev has said that they think that the fire will be put out soon, and the dangers are minimal. However, Greenpeace, an ecological organization , says differently. they believe that the smoke could be very damaging to a person who breathes in the smokey air, and it would cause radioactive damage to the person's lungs and throat.

                    http://rt.com/news/254869-chernobyl-...ctive-ukraine/

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                    • #11
                      In a way Chernobyl disaster is a blessing in disguise for Mother Nature. The whole place is covered with trees. There are some animal ecosystems on the places that were thriving. I remember in some documentary they showed some endangered species animals are now doing well on Chernobyl because humans are avoiding the place. On this news on the other hand, many humans actually lives near the zone and this situation could be very dangerous for them. Also some elderly people who decided to return to Chernobyl and live in their abandoned houses again and this new incident could cause them harm. Chernobyl is not empty ghost town anymore because of the elderly people decided to spend the remaining years of their lives there. I wonder if these seniors were evacuated.

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                      • #12
                        This sounds like a horror movie plot. This could go on forever. I mean, if the chemicals spread more over the country and after settling down, they are again absorbed by the ground and the plants, and if a fire goes on again, this could just go on and on. Frightening!

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                        • #13
                          It's terrible that this is happening. I read somewhere that when the first Chernobyl disaster had occurred, people in nearby areas thought that they could protect themselves by rubbing iodine on their throats. Is this true? Realistically speaking, aside from evacuation, what kind of measures can ordinary people (those who may not have financial access to specialized safety measures or materials) employ to protect themselves?

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                          • #14
                            The only thing that has come close to Chernobyl since was Fukushima, indeed that was probably on par. A wildfire is actually better in a less populated area, because the risk of death is so low. Better to happen now than when pipryat was heavily populated.

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                            • #15
                              That is awful, I really hope this doesn't turn out to be as bad as it looks like it could be. Such far reaching effects will have a dramatic impact on not just the economy, but the health of individuals if they are unable to safely eat dairy, which is so important for calcium.

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