Chernobyl Redux?

Chernobyl experienced an upswing in radiation levels. Recent forest-fires worked as a catalyst to increase the radiation level in the restricted area near the nuclear plant.

Crux of the Matter

Fire Near the Plant
Chernobyl nuclear disaster of 1986 impacted the whole of Europe. Due to the nuclear accident, authorities vacated people living within 30 km of the site located near the city of Pripyat in Ukraine. On Saturday fire broke out in the wilderness around the nuclear plant. Because of the forest fire, there has been a spike in the radiation contamination in the air. The radiation levels recorded were 16 times more than the normal level. The fire has spread to about 100 hectares of the region.

To fight against the forest fire, Ukraine sent two planes with one helicopter backed by a unit of 100 firefighters. On Sunday morning emergency services said that the fire was not visibly burning and no increase in radiation level was recorded. The Ukrainian Government was planning to open up this site with a green corridor for tourists. The area without any human interference has developed a lot of natural beauty. The Ukrainian government wants to alter Chernobyl’s negative image. A recent historical drama on HBO named “Chernobyl” has made viewers across the world and in the newer generation conscious about the forgotten incident of the nuclear radiation break out in the Chernobyl plant. 



  • Many companies provide tour services for the villages and areas near the Chernobyl site to provide tourists with safe post-apocalyptic world experience.
  • Last year HBO released a miniseries titled “Chernobyl” which revolves around the nuclear disaster. It is the 5th Highest rated series on IMDb as of today.
  • Chernobyl is considered the worst nuclear disaster in history and is one of only two nuclear energy disasters rated at seven—the maximum severity—on the International Nuclear Event Scale, the other being the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in Japan.