Small radiation spike at Chernobyl nuclear plant seized by Russian forces

The radiation monitors near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant showed a reading of up to 9.46 microSieverts per hour. According to IAEA, the readings are low and remain within the operational range measured in the exclusion zone and therefore do not pose any danger to the public1.

The radiation spike was caused by the movement of the Russian military vehicles which resuspended the contaminated dust and soil in the exclusion zone of the abandoned plant2.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has said it is following the situation in Ukraine “with grave concern”, but noted that there has been no reported destruction at the Chernobyl nuclear plant site. “It is of vital importance that the safe and secure operations of the nuclear facilities in [the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone] should not be affected or disrupted in any way,” said IAEA’s Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi3.

1. Euronews
2. State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate of Ukraine

Published by Amit K Shah

Nuclear Engineer. Junior Research Fellow at National Institute of Advanced Studies.

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