|Path of Chernobyl releases|
The path of the radioactive plume has been reconstructed with data collected from European countries. Much of the released radioactivity was emitted on April 26th, 1986, which, after heading toward the Scandinavian countries, fall back toward the east and south. Releases afer April 27th, driven westward, reach France by its eastern and southeastern borders. The radioactive plume crossed the territory between April 30h and May 5th. Releases issued after April 27th contaminated essentially the eastern and southern parts of Europe.