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    In this Monday, June 29, 2015 handout photo made available by the Ukrainian Emergency Situations Ministry press service on Tuesday, June 30, 2015, an aerial view of a forest fire is seen in the Chernobyl area, Ukraine

    Terrifying Wildfire Rages in Chernobyl's Exclusion Zone (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

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    The Chernobyl disaster, considered to be one of the worst nuclear accidents in history, occurred on April 26, 1986. The subsequent contamination led to a nearly 8.4 million residents of modern-day Belarus, Ukraine and Russia being exposed to high levels of radiation, while over 400,000 people were forced to evacuate the most polluted areas.

    A massive wildfire started Tuesday morning inside the "dead zone" around the former Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine, when the dry grass caught fire, local emergency services said in a statement.

    There are numerous videos showing flames in the area that are threatening to approach to the nuclear plant.

    The wildfire subsequently reached a forest, where up to 10 hectares (over 24 acres) were ablaze.


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