Local authorities in Ukraine have dismissed residents’ concerns that forest fires near the Chernobyl nuclear power station have led to unsafe radiation levels. The radiation levels in the capital Kiev and the exclusion zone established around the plant in 1986, after an explosion there that caused the world’s worst nuclear accident, “did not exceed natural background levels”, the zone’s authorities said. The emergency service said it was still fighting the fires but the situation was “fully under control”.
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The radiation spike caused particular concern after Egor Firsov, head of Ukraine’s ecological inspection service, shared a video on Facebook where he explained the severity of the Geiger counter reading. The Geiger counter is an instrument used to detect and measure radiation levels, and the information showed a significant spike in radioactivity. “As you can see in the video, the readings of the device are 2.3, when the norm is 0.14. But this is only within the area of the fire outbreak,” Firsov wrote in the post.
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