The Chernobyl Exclusion Zone is on fire and radiation levels are spiking

Live Science | Apr 9, 2020 at 12:18 PM
  • The fire covers about 50 acres (20 hectares) near the abandoned village of Vladimirovka in Ukraine’s Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.
  • In the city of Chernobyl itself, and in more distant Kiev, radiation levels remain normal.
  • The 1,000-square-mile (2,500 square kilometers) area around the power plant has been largely abandoned since the 1986 meltdown of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant.