Wildfires raged out of control Tuesday mere miles from the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, the site of the world’s worst nuclear disaster in 1986, threatening to release dangerous amounts of radiation over northern Ukraine.
Heavy gusts fueled the blaze inside the highly radioactive exclusion zone, the area around the plant that was evacuated after the 1986 blast, just 10 miles from defunct reactors and a mere three miles from a spent fuel repository, Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said on Facebook.
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Given the unusual pattern of the blaze, Avakov said an investigation was underway to determine its cause. “There is a reasonable suspicion of an arson attack, as there were outbreaks of the fire in several places on both sides of the river,” he said Read more.