Chernobyl fires
Chernobyl fires

Radiation levels rise as fires close in on the Chernobyl nuclear power plant

Bush fires in Ukraine are burning dangerously close to Chernobyl and its old nuclear power plant causing radiation levels to rise.

This photo shows just how close the fires are from the Chernobyl nuclear power plant that was the site of the huge 1986 disaster.

Firefighters are working to tackle the blaze which is burning through the forest. But the forest itself has high radiation levels. Meaning when the fire burns through, radiation and smoke blow across the region.

Winds have blown the dangerous smoke towards Russia and Belarus, but they’ve now shifted towards the Ukrainian capital Kyiv.

“At the moment we cannot say the fire is contained,” acting head of the State Agency of Ukraine on Exclusion Zone Management Kateryna Pavlova said.

But if the winds change, the fires could come dangerously close to the site’s abandoned nuclear core.

It’s not great news over in Indonesia, either. Krakatoa has erupted, 90-miles from Jakarta, spewing plumes of ash 9 miles into the air.