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Boar in eastern Switzerland still radioactive after Chernobyl

National News // Oct. 13, 2020

Wild boar in eastern Switzerland are still showing traces of radio activity from the Chernobyl nuclear accident – now 34 years ago.

Pixabay Boar in eastern Switzerland still radioactive after Chernobyl

Half of the boars killed by hunters for food are destroyed by cantonal authorities as they’re considered unfit for human consumption.

In the days after the Soviet power station explosion, heavy rain hit cantons Graubünden and Ticino, driving the radioactive isotope Cesium 137 deep underground. Mushrooms, which the boar feeds on, soaks it up.

Questions are now being asked about the boar in western Switzerland. They’re not tested as it’s believed the area is less affected.

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