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07 April 2020, 18:21

No radiation spikes in Belarus after forest fire in Chernobyl exclusion zone

MINSK, 7 April (BelTA) – The fire in the Chernobyl exclusion zone has not affected the radiological situation in Belarus, BelTA learned from the National Center for Hydrometeorology, Radioactive Pollution Control, and Environmental Monitoring (Belhydromet) of the Belarusian Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Ministry.

“We monitor the background radiation level in Belarus all the time. On 4-7 April, the radiological situation in Brest Oblast and Gomel Oblast as well as in the whole country remained stable,” Belhydromet noted.

The data from permanent radiation monitoring stations and measuring stations of the automated radiation monitoring system showed no spikes in radiation levels above the norm.

“On 4-6 April, air masses moved in the west-east direction in Belarus,” Belhydromet noted.

According to the State Emergency Service of Ukraine, as of 7:00 on 7 April, the fire in the Chernobyl exclusion zone was not extinguished completely. Some 10.5 hectares of forest floor is still burning.

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