This is the lasting fallout from the Chernobyl disaster.
Nearly three decades have passed since the devastating meltdown at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Pripyat, Ukraine. Yet, all these years later the fallout from the disaster continues to have a detrimental environmental effect.
The deadly 1986 explosion at Chernobyl resulted in a mass evacuation and the relocation of hundreds of thousands of people living in surrounding areas. Radiation spread across the region.
Today, more than 1,000 miles away from the disaster site, residual poisons linger in the quiet pastures of central Norway in an unsuspecting host: radioactive reindeer.
Norwegian scientists point to the reindeer’s diet as the reason for their contamination, according to Norway’s The Local news site. Gypsy mushrooms, which the reindeer eat, absorb radioactive caesium-137 particles that have drifted north over time and accumulated in Norwegian soil.
In 2014, the Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority reported that they detected radioactivity in the reindeer. Radiation levels in meat can be found by analyzing the amount of becquerels — a unit for measuring radioactivity– of caesium-137 per kilogram, and the numbers they detected were as high as 8,200 becquerels per kilogram in reindeer, according to The Local.
In comparison, the Japanese Ministry of Health set the safe consumption limit of caesium-137 at 500 becquerels per kilogram following the country’s 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster.
Take a look at the photos below of the Sami people in Norway’s central Snasa village herding the reindeer and testing their radioactivity, which also appear on Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty:
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