Sparking Fears of Airborne Radiation, Wildfire Burns in Fukushima “No-Go Zone”; Forests Contaminated by Fukushima and Chernobyl “are Ticking Time Bombs”

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From Common Dreams:

Sparking Fears of Airborne Radiation, Wildfire Burns in Fukushima ‘No-Go Zone’ Contaminated forests such as those outside fallout sites like Fukushima and Chernobyl ‘are ticking time bombs’ by Lauren McCauley, staff writer, Published on Monday, May 01, 2017

A wildfire broke out in the highly radioactive “no-go zone” near the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant over the weekend, reviving concerns over potential airborne radiation.

Japanese newspaper The Mainichi reports that lightning was likely to blame for sparking the fire Saturday on Mount Juman in Namie, which lies in the Fukushima Prefecture and was one of the areas evacuated following the 2011 meltdown. The area continues to be barred to entry as it is designated a “difficult-to-return zone” due to continually high radiation levels.

Local officials were forced to call in the Japanese military, the Ground Self-Defense Force (GSDF), to help battle the blaze, which continued to…

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