Thirty-five years on, Chernobyl is still as well-known as it was a generation ago. Fires broke out, causing the main release of radioactivity into the environment. By 06:35 on 26 April, all fires at the power plant had been extinguished, apart from the fire inside reactor 4, which continued to burn for many days.
Is Chernobyl reactor 4 still active?
Reactor No. 4 was the site of the Chernobyl disaster in 1986, and the power plant is now within a large restricted area known as the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.
When did Chernobyl stop burning?
On December 15, 2000, the last reactor in operation at the Chernobyl site was shut down and the phase of decommissioning began. This involves the removal and disposal of fuel and wastes, decontamination of the plant and the area surrounding it, including any soil and water that may be radioactive.
How long did Chernobyl reactor 4 burn?
10 days The fire burned for 10 days, releasing a large amount of radiation into the atmosphere. The Chernobyl plant did not have the fortified containment structure common to most nuclear power plants elsewhere in the world. Without this protection, radioactive material escaped into the environment.