More from PBS on Chernobyl: “The radiation killed pine trees in a 30-square kilometer” area (VIDEO)

Published: March 15th, 2012 at 8:49 pm ET
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Here’s the full version of the clip that appeared on PBS’s report a few days ago, PBS Newshour: Cesium killed pine trees as far as you can see -- Are there animals that can live here? No, no (VIDEO)

Title: Fukushima After the Meltdown
Source: PBS
Author: Miles O’Brien
Date: March 15, 2012

Revisiting Chernobyl: A Nuclear Disaster Site of Epic Proportions

The nuclear crisis in Japan has renewed interest in the 1986 nuclear meltdown at Chernobyl in Ukraine. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien traveled to the site of the world’s worst nuclear disaster, shortly before its 25th anniversary.

At 7:00 in

GENNADI MILINEVSKY: They call it red forest because this is strong radiation. The leaves of trees became red.

MILES O’BRIEN: Right. It killed the trees. The radiation killed pine trees in a 30-square kilometer, 11-square-mile swathe. As we hiked in, the Geiger counter got very excited. All right, so now we’re more than — we’re at 400 times. Are we OK?

GENNADI MILINEVSKY: Yes.

MILES O’BRIEN: Are we safe?

GENNADI MILINEVSKY: Safe.

(LAUGHTER)

MILES O’BRIEN: All right. All right. Just checking. We just don’t want to stay here too long, do we?

GENNADI MILINEVSKY: Yes. If you put it on the ground…

MILES O’BRIEN: Yes.

GENNADI MILINEVSKY: … it became much…

MILES O’BRIEN: Oh, look at that, look at that, 5.5 half right there. That’s 500 times right there. This used to be pine trees as far as you can see.

GENNADI MILINEVSKY: Yes.

MILES O’BRIEN: And the cesium came through here after the explosion. And that’s — and to this day is…

GENNADI MILINEVSKY: Yes, still over there.

MILES O’BRIEN: Are there animals that can live here, or not?

GENNADI MILINEVSKY: No, no.

See also: Tweets from Fukushima worker: Trees dying around nuke plant... Pine doesn’t wither in Autumn! -- Similar reports in Tokyo area (PHOTOS)

Watch Revisiting Chernobyl: A Nuclear Disaster Site of Epic Proportions on PBS. See more from PBS NewsHour.

Published: March 15th, 2012 at 8:49 pm ET
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