The death toll rises to 50 as Russia endure the worst heat wave in decades, causing wild fires that are consuming thousands of hectares of land and leaving hundreds of people homeless. Now authorities are saying that if fires spread enough they could reach the Bryansk region which has nuclear contamination from the Chernobyl disaster. GREAT!! Now that will help me grow that third arm and second head I’ve been craving for!
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Emergencies Minister Sergei Shoigu said heat from fires in the Bryansk region, which already has nuclear contamination from the Chernobyl disaster more than 20 years ago, could release harmful radioactive particles into the atmosphere.
“In the event of a fire there, radionuclides could rise (into the air) together with combustion particles, resulting in a new pollution zone,” he said on state television, without going into detail.
Shoigu added two fires had already broken out in the Bryansk region, some 400 km (250 miles) southwest of Moscow, but they were quickly contained.
According to authorities, the heat wave is going to intensify on Friday, with record temperatures of 104ºF (40ºC) and I’m guessing that ain’t going to help the raging fires. So there will be a great chance this could quickly go out of control.
There’s no word yet on how bad would this be if the radionucloids raise into the air, but I’m sure it ain’t good at all. You know, despite my robophobia, we could really use that ED-209-Robosapien hybrid to put down the fires…
Visit reuters.com to read more about how Russia fires pose nuclear threat, death toll hits 50
While you read, I will be wearing a radiation suit. Just in case.
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