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Encyclopedia > Pripyat River

The Pripyat River (Ukrainian: Прип'ять, Pręp'yat'; Belarusian: Прыпяць, Prępyats', Polish Prypeć) is a river in Eastern Europe, of approximately 440 miles (710 km). It flows east-west through Ukraine, Belarus, and Ukraine again, draining into the Dnepr River.

The Pripyat passes through the 30 kilometer zone around the Chernobyl reactor, where the catastrophic nuclear accident happened. Therefore it transported and still transports radionuclides downstream. The concentration of caesium-137 is still increasing in dredges and has not been reduced in the river sediments.

The city of Pripyat, Ukraine (population: 45,000) was completely evacuated after the Chernobyl accident.

External link

  • Pripyat: Radioactive pollution, 2003 (http://www.grida.no/enrin/htmls/belarus/water2003en/Text/ch2-3.htm)



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