Another small nuclear incident: Forest fire at Chernobyl causes radiation spike..
Ukrainian officials have noted a spike in radiation levels in the area surrounding Chernobyl after a forest within the exclusion zone caught fire. Burning trees and foliage would create radioactive smoke so yeah, sounds legit. The blaze started on Saturday close to the site of the world’s worst ever nuclear disaster ‘Bad news’: radiation 16 times above normal after forest fire near Chernobyl. A little bit nasty at close distance, but I would not expect to be anything serious at longer distance from site. Yep since Saturday, red forest on fire same as April 2015 and June 2015 but almost nobody talked about it.
News on fire on this:
the radiation maps of Europe at https://remap.jrc.ec.europa.eu/Advanced.aspx and http://gmcmap.com/. Generally those look fine, but the history data of Debrecen looks a bit scary: http://www.gmcmap.com/historyData.asp?Param_ID=58082455939.
Does not seem to affect radiation levels in southern Finland corona virus isolation zone (around 1000 kilometers from Chernobyl). My own measurements are in line with official government published results at https://www.stuk.fi/aiheet/sateily-ymparistossa/sateilytilanne-tanaan. There is no indication of extra radiation so nothing to worry about too much. Emergency over coronavirus is now urgent.
Situation is pretty different to what happened in 1986 Chernobyl disaster: at that time we got here considerable amount of radiation raining here to eastern part of Finland – I did took a measurement sample to the physics class, and the reading was considerably higher than what teacher expected it to be..