In April 2020, several wildfires took place in and around the Chernobyl exclusion zone. These fires reintroduced radioactive particles deposited during the 1986 Chernobyl disaster into the atmosphere, causing concern about a possible radiation hazard. Several countries and several stations of the International Monitoring System measured increased 137Cs levels. This study presents the analyses made by RIVM and SCK CEN/RMI during the April 2020 wildfires. Furthermore, more in-depth research was performed after the wildfires. A statistical analysis of 137Cs detections is presented, comparing the April 2020 detections with historical detections. Inverse atmospheric transport modelling is applied to infer the total released 137Cs during the wildfires. Finally, it is assessed whether the 137Cs detections in Belgium and the Netherlands can be attributed to the wildfires.
|Number of pages||11|
|Journal||Journal of environmental radioactivity|
|State||Published - 8 Jul 2021|