Forest fires have been burning near the site of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster since early April. NASA’s satellite eyes in space have been tracking the smoke plumes from the wildfires in the Ukraine. The images paint a worrisome picture.
The 1,000-square-mile (2,600-square-kilometer) Chernobyl Exclusion Zone surrounds the nuclear power plant to restrict access to areas contaminated with radiation from the 1986 disaster. NASA’s Aqua satellite captured views of this region on April 8 and April 9 that show active fires and long swaths of smoke.