Are forest fires unlocking the radiation in Chernobyl? - BBC News

10 ਜਨਵਰੀ 2021
90 185 ਦ੍ਰਿਸ਼

An exclusion zone has keep the area surrounding the site of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster hidden from public view for many years. But in 2020 there were a record amount of forest fires in the area.
The firefighters sent in to tackle the blazes in the radioactive forests agreed to speak to BBC anonymously, scared of losing their jobs.
Their accounts expose a month of chaos in which fires almost reached the nuclear reactors.
Journalism: Zhanna Bezpiatchuk and Charlotte Pamment
Produced by Charlotte Pamment, Tui McLean and Zhanna Bezpiatchuk
Edited by Charlotte Pamment and Tui McLean
Graphics: Joe Payne, Stelios Thoukidides, Denis Korolev
Satellite analysis support: Ana Lucia Gonzalez
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  • The firefighters are just too incredible and honourable 👏👏👏👍

    sy yapsy yapਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • What on Earth do the BBC think they are doing by having all those overlapping conversation snippets? So hard to listen to that I had to put on subtitles - and this is important news. It's not the time to be flash with 'fancy new reporting styles.'

    Debbie HenriDebbie Henri2 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • I wouldn't believe a word the BBC spew out, take it all with a pinch of salt and research it yourself

    DontfeartheunknownDontfeartheunknown2 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
    • @Louis 2257 but you're right, question everything you're told from anywhere, dont take the first thing you hear as gospel, anyway ive got things to do so will leave it there, its your choice if you question things or not

      DontfeartheunknownDontfeartheunknownਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
    • @Louis 2257 you've got fingers and I'm too busy

      DontfeartheunknownDontfeartheunknownਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
    • @Dontfeartheunknown of you have evidence, (a reputable source) of the BBC clearly lying to support their own secret agenda then please share it.

      Louis 2257Louis 2257ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
    • @Dontfeartheunknown including your conspiracy ones...

      Louis 2257Louis 2257ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
    • @Dontfeartheunknown right okay.... you could argue the same for every other news source then.

      Louis 2257Louis 2257ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • This legit seems interesting and I hope something happens.

    KrispyHDKrispyHD3 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • And you wonder what could be causing covid

    Jordan JonesJordan Jones3 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
    • @Jordan Jones don’t worry about it. I’m just sick of seeing Covid conspiracies on every news post. Or just morons with the lack of common science knowledge to understand what a vaccine is etc.

      Louis 2257Louis 22572 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
    • @Louis 2257 Damaged lungs from radiation would be susceptible to higher chances of death from something otherwise not something to worry about. sorry to be that guy

      Jordan JonesJordan Jones2 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
    • Radiation doesn’t cause COVID.

      Louis 2257Louis 22572 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • Do what they did in the simpsons and put a giant glass dome over it :)

    II AF IIII AF II3 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • Wtf is with the music? So distracting. Such a garbage overproduced report on something that sounds incredibly dangerous smh.

    No ReplyNo Reply3 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • Would the animals suffer from exposure then? I’m assuming they will.

    James DiazJames Diaz4 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • Rest in peace to the past and present victims

    The Raging Gamer on PS4The Raging Gamer on PS44 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • cut the ducking trees down maybe

    Tom RimmerTom Rimmer4 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • They should have buried those forests years ago...

    Alistair BAlistair B4 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • Why not just let the fire burn itself out? Just let it keep burning.

    shinobi2119shinobi21194 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
    • Should’ve let the Californian wildfires “burn out” too right?!

      Louis 2257Louis 22572 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • What the fuck was she saying?

    dumble T'sdumble T's4 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • Politicians never change

    StephenStephen4 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • So what happens when it gets carried in the wind who else is going to get radiation poisoning

    SteveSteve4 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
    • Not only 'who' gets radiation poisoning, but also 'what' gets radiation poisoning. There will be crops, farm animals, soil and waterways (including reservoirs) all getting a fine sprinkling of radioactive fallout. It's very unnerving that this radiation was tracked as far as Norway.

      Debbie HenriDebbie Henri2 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • Is the BBC full of 💩, YES🤬

    Simon LangstonSimon Langston4 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
    • So Chernobyl is a fictitious place?

      Louis 2257Louis 22572 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • This sucks but atleast we will be able to read in the dark.

    Marcin KozMarcin Koz5 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
    • And see your lovely glow😱😈

      FILNAT2011FILNAT20115 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • Why bother putting out a fire in a place people can't live?...or am I missing something? Let it burn itself out? If I had a call to go put out a bushfire in an area with nuclear radiation... if nobody was in danger... I'll stay in the station thanks mate 👍🏽

    Jamie StewartJamie Stewart5 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
    • Didn’t watch the video? Basically the trees still contain a large amount of radioactive material, with so much dead wood it raises the risks of radioactive material spreading into the air. Not to mention the exclusion zone still has workers who are on the clean up, as well as wildlife.

      Louis 2257Louis 22572 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • They should just let it burn it self out no body lives there anyway, sending fire fighters is useless especially with poor equipment

    Omer AskinOmer Askin5 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • Covid-19's not getting enough so they are finding other ways to get higher death rates

    crazy mtb ridercrazy mtb rider5 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • This is 2021 for you everyone

    Eduard SerbanEduard Serban5 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • The new stalker is looking great

    fine i changed it againfine i changed it again5 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • why arent they wearing full body suits like the one scientists wear when ecposed to radiations?

    mm5 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
    • thoughs suits would melt to the skin in the heat of the fires. and not designed for fires.

      irraa mewirraa mew5 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • That exclusion zone officer is such a pillock! "The men don't need maps, we have a system! The system doesn't work of course, and no-one knows how to make it work, but the Men will be fine blind!"

    BenBen5 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • I thought 2020 was already over

    Mermaidgirl007Mermaidgirl0075 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • Russian anti-Ukrainian what a surprise would not be shocked to find out they the russian had started them

    Alan BartonAlan Barton5 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • Oh shit we're fucked

    Cranka PabloCranka Pablo6 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • Can't wait the day I'll die, people make me sick and I'm too poor to avoid them!

    Daniel Bogdan PrisecaruDaniel Bogdan Prisecaru6 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
    • I feel for you mate, if you need to speak to somebody I'm here :)

      Jon T.Jon T.5 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • Fear porn

    freddylebanonfreddylebanon6 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • HMMM? Oh no

    David DavisCrawfordDavid DavisCrawford6 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • The poor firefighters 🧯

    A MA M6 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • I would appreciate it if you got someone who could clearly speak english

    Damper BoiDamper Boi6 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • I think it would help by using planes to help extinguish these fires.

    Nick DuplagaNick Duplaga6 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • This is the end of the world as we know it......yes it’s the end of the world as we know it 🎵

    Jynx 101Jynx 1016 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • you ever think like this is maybe it? The beginning of the end for us all, we're just too ignorant to realise. a few times the last year as the next ridiculous incident had occurred it just got me wondering how long we have left as a species. I work in veterinary, I know how many medications have not been manufactured consistently due to lockdowns, and its not just veterinary drugs affected. The world had been trying to limit antibiotic use to prevent resistances building the last few years it became a more serious concern, but now a huge amount are used everyday in most countries to treat pneumonia and secondary infections from covid. If things carry on like this I'm genuinely curious when the worlds supplies of some drugs will run out, or the drugs will become useless and a small infection becomes a killer condition again. This and doctors getting ill, america approaching civil war, now radiation escaping the world is f'ing crazy.

    afunny usernameafunny username6 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • Happy 2021 folks

    DRN 003 CutmanDRN 003 Cutman6 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • Like lamb to the slaughter

    Marcus SMarcus S6 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • Fuck off Chernobyl wait your turn

    Bong FKennedyBong FKennedy7 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • Oh Yes!!.... Things are getting so much better

    Diogo LeiteDiogo Leite7 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • 🌐☢️

    Nikhil RudraNikhil Rudra7 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • What the hell 2021 you were supposed to be better

    Alex HaworthAlex Haworth8 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • Plus, Japan decided to pour radioactive water into ocean

    Stella SouStella Sou8 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • Okay. Well I guess we'd better hope these aren't "NFODO"s like the ones in Brazil, US or Australia because at least we can fetishize the end of the world (like the MSM wants us to) rather than finding someone to directly blame it on?!?

    Gyit MulhaneskiGyit Mulhaneski9 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • every African American a million! An empire was built on them. Each Indian has 2 million dollars, this is their land

    Фархат БубликФархат Бублик9 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • Remember the California and West Coast bushfires this year.

  • Oh good I'm glad this is only being reported on now... The firefighters? Yeah horrible they're suffering with this. ...but all that radiation has just been blowing over Europe for months

    evulclown blaevulclown bla9 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • Radiation going world wide now. This crap emits radiation for hundreds of years

    Grant SolderGrant Solder9 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • I think w r all gonna end soon like why is our world like this

    Josiah MbatikaJosiah Mbatika9 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Victoria EVictoria E9 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • BBC News так трогательно заботятся о Чернобыле... Как насчет миллионов тонн зараженной воды в Фукусиме?

    Иван 56Иван 5610 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • no. global warming is a lie and has been debunked/disproven.

    Jack SnowJack Snow10 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • it is the nuclear fuel that got thrown away from the reactor when it exploded.

    Jack SnowJack Snow10 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • Only 3.6 Roentgen

    Jay Kevin CompostaJay Kevin Composta10 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • Chernobyl is the scariest place on Earth

    Emilio BelloEmilio Bello10 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • Can u not put 783 audio records on at the same time? 🤯

    András MarikAndrás Marik10 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • L E T ' S T A K E O V E R Y O U T U B E

    BruhifyBruhify10 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • Why the f* do such things that so critically affect so many people always happen in countries that don't give a f* about their responsibility and only worry about public perception?? Don't get me wrong, Im not blaming the firefighters, theyre worst off. I'm blaming those who were put in charge

    JoshJosh10 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • Holy shit, can you imagine inhaling that radioactive ash?

    Chris RosenkreuzChris Rosenkreuz10 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • It was all under control back in 86 as well...

    Chris RosenkreuzChris Rosenkreuz10 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • The Eastern block don't seem to value human life the way we do in the west life is cheap as long as people in power are not affected it doesn't seem to matter no conscious what so ever they are a complete disgrace to humanity

    Peter StoreyPeter Storey10 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • Search DUGA 3. That is the reason for the evacuation.

    RR PLAN CRR PLAN C10 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • No it's called FUKUSHIMA

    Nathaniel CourthopeNathaniel Courthope10 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • BBC and all the FAKE NEWS has to go , they have no news , the only real news left out there is all the news left is fake news , down fo a few websites here in the USA ,we are being censored more Korea’s “Kim” Was censoring his own people . I don’t think we are in the USA 🇺🇸 anymore ? Project Veritas proves ,how fake CNN has become -

    Steven Godly Icon MaglioSteven Godly Icon Maglio10 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • So climate change killed the Forrest? Not a Nuclear MeltDown?Meltdown? Edit: also you should focus more on how they Failed their control fire. So they caused it?

    Ramon MartinezRamon Martinez10 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • I believe 2020 was just a trailer for this year.

    Borat SagdiyevBorat Sagdiyev10 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • You figured it would be easy to make remote control fire trucks by now.

    Tey TreetTey Treet10 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
    • it looks like they're still using the same fire trucks as they had during the Soviet era.

      seanC3iseanC3i9 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • k

    keverettekeverette10 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • ohhh here we come ...

    Perseus IXPerseus IX10 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • Those wild wires are weally wad!

    bigswampdog1bigswampdog110 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • of course it is...airborne hot particles which were trapped in the trees now released, also correlates to Covid spikes...

    Ghost QueenGhost Queen10 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • Fake Global warming scare tactics (AGAIN). Wake up ENGLAND!!!!!!!!!!

    Mick AMick A10 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
    • Sh.

      Will BWill B6 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • You’d assume they would have unlimited funds to protect the area, seeing the amount of innocent people that sacrificed their lives to contain the original disaster. It’s like they couldn’t care less about the place or the damage it’s caused the planet!

    SOCOMJONSOCOMJON10 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • When we look at how we have dealt with disasters in the past, we were too clever for our own good. Now,we need to deal with these short term answers , will we still just kick the can down the road? Or come together and realise the people/countries of the entire world must work together to solve this climate crisis in an ethical way once and for all before we become extinct

    Miss M HawkinsMiss M Hawkins10 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • Me: hearing the radiation detectors alaming. Also Me: My HBO chernobyl senses is tingling...

    Alastor Blackwater Villain In Glasses ElderTaleDevAlastor Blackwater Villain In Glasses ElderTaleDev10 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
    • HBO: Chernobyl Forrest Fire edition

      Mr New VegasMr New Vegas4 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • Just wait till they discover the anomalies!

    Douglas OdinSon StewartDouglas OdinSon Stewart10 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
    • Stalker

      Dean SchofieldDean Schofield7 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • Чёт бибиси тоже к антизеленскому бандвагону присоединилась.)

    El KudosEl Kudos10 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
    • В Лондоне решили и этого менять. Поставят напрямую генерал-губернатора от королевы. Или по традиции вице-короля. Вице-король Украины.

      DDratteDDratte9 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • Вы там не можете набрать нормальных корреспондентов? А то даже меня с моим хреновым английским передёргивает, когда я слышу Жанну.

    Alexander ShmonovAlexander Shmonov10 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • 2:27 Anozer ))). ЁR Inglish isn't zat bed!

    Alexander ShmonovAlexander Shmonov10 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • Zhanna, today no one says "the Ukraine" )).

    Alexander ShmonovAlexander Shmonov10 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • 2021 : ehe

    A Cat reassures you that everything will be fineA Cat reassures you that everything will be fine10 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • Welcome to 2021!

    legislate stupiditylegislate stupidity10 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • It was in April 2020, why to show it right now? I think BBC need more sensations or scare British citizens locked at home even more. I am from Ukraine, it's winter here, no fires as it rains almost every day.

    Кравченко ОксанаКравченко Оксана10 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • I live 120 km from the fire, but one night I couldn't breathe in my apartment. 10th floor!

    Serhii DiukarevSerhii Diukarev10 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • 2021 Season Premiere!!

    Gabriel AnthonyGabriel Anthony10 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • 2020: They’ll never forget me! I’ll be The Year to Remember for centuries! 2021, cackling wildly while pulling on a gasmask and Fallout gear: You call that a face mask? This is a face mask!

    KaspaKaspa10 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
    • Depressing but this did make me laugh 😂

      Super HansSuper Hans10 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • Let it burn😍😍😍😍

    eric salleseric salles10 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • "Not great, not terrible"

    Steven BurkinshawSteven Burkinshaw10 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • great. now radioactivity in the atmosphere

    DiogenesDiogenes10 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • Very possible the smoke can carry the radiation up and spread it as the smoke rises up and across the country side,

    Phoenix RisingPhoenix Rising11 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • Appreciate how well this piece was done and covering this story. These firefighter need both physical and mental support.

    Zara SamuelsZara Samuels11 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • 👎👎👎 Why does the bbc farsi block the comments in all his program's?!! There is just one reason and that's the BBC Farsi support the terrorist regime in Iran and they know very wel that Iranian are against their policy. SHAME ON BBC!!!

    Aryan persAryan pers11 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • Lesson, stop wasting money on nuculer weapons, world ban. Just 7 nuculer bombs going off in space of week, will end earth for humans. Rain, cloud's will all be piosioned, water not drinkable, food piosoned. We all lose.

    Joe FerreiraJoe Ferreira11 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • Ukraine has no money for forest management. Even if they had some money, the officials there wouldn't bother as there would be no money for them in this business. They don't care. You need to understand mentality of people in poorer countries like Ukraine is, where people and administration struggle financially. This is the reason for fires not the illusive "climate change".

    Paul PipekPaul Pipek11 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • Just 3.6 rotengen nothing to worry about

    Bilbo BagginsBilbo Baggins11 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • 🙏🙏🙏😡😡😡

    Bonjour Vietnam Bonjour VietnamBonjour Vietnam Bonjour Vietnam11 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • oh my goodness this is crazy, be safe everyone.

    Lorri WilliamsLorri Williams11 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • So, Chernobyl Season 2 when?

    Philip Alexander HassialisPhilip Alexander Hassialis11 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • Really

    Abu Azrael OfficialAbu Azrael Official11 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • Amazing video thank you for sharing. In the Bible God said he would ruin those who are ruining the Earth. The good news is he also promised to make a New Heavens and a New Earth. So he is going to make our home safe once again for us to live in Amen

    oldgamerchickoldgamerchick11 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ
  • 😤😤😤Dear all farmers of the world kindly bycot this channel this is not broadast any news related to the farmers protest which is continue since 4 months and now lakhs of farmers cordenoff delhi city the capital of india since 50 days because indian govenment passed 3 farmers bill which is against poor farmer but good and profitalble for corporate business sector but this channel is now showing any single news about farmers because this is supporting corporate policies so now unite farmers and buycot any news chanel if they not publish or broadcast your news so now bycott this channel

    paramnoor kaurparamnoor kaur11 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ