World’s Most Radioactive Places

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World’s Most Radioactive Places

Andrew Watson, Reporter

Radiation, believe it or not, radiation is actually a very common thing in our lives, just so little of it affects us. In fact, one CT Scan is more radiation then we receive in a whole YEAR. Makes you wonder how “Harmless” CT Scans really are, huh? But, that’s not what i’m here to talk about. What I AM here to talk about is some of the most radiation infested places on earth.

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  • 10 : Hanford, USA: It used to e a Nuclear Power Plant, untill the USA was like: Nah, get ride of it. We don't need it anymore. Which led to hundreds of barrels of Nuclear Waste just being left there. BIG MISTAKE.

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  • 9-8: Somalian Coast/Mediterranean: So, when the Italian Mafia was still a thing, they apparently dumped 600 barrels of toxic waste on these areas. There is no proof of this yet, but it's scary to think about.

  • 7: Mayak Russia: When the motherland decided to secretly make a nuclear power plant, for "war stuff" they accidentally blew the top of it off with the force of 100 ponds of TNT. That resulted in a 20,000 square meter area to be ENTIRELY CONTAMINATED.

  • 6: Sellafield Plant: In the west coast of England, probably lies the biggest FAILURE of a radioactive plant. There have been so many accidents there, that two-thirds of the facility is considered to be contaminated. On top of that, they also dump EIGHT MILLION BARRELS of Toxic Waste into the ocean on a DAILY BASIS! That makes the Irish Sea the MOST RADIOACTIVE SEA IN THE WORLD!

  • 5: Siberian Chemical Combine: Mayak wasn't the only place in Russia to hold chemical waste. They have been holding four DECADES of waste. That's around 120,000 Barrels! Not cool, Russia. Not cool.

  • 4: The Polygon, Russia: AGAIN WITH RUSSIA! This time, it wasn't due to a meltdown, just FOUR HUNDRED-FIFTY-SIX NUCLEAR TESTS NEAR A HIGHLY POPULATED AREA. Of course that led to the health problems of over 200,000 people. Great move Russia.

  • 3: Mailuu-Suu, Kyrgyzstan

  • 2: Chernobyl, Ukraine: This is the most well known nuclear incident. Chernobyl is still very contaminated, leaving 6 million people being exposed to radioation, leading to a death range of 4000 to 93,000 Deaths. This accident released 100 times more radiation than Nagasaki and Hiroshima COMBINED. Now I can see why this is on the #2 Spot.

  • 2B: Very well known sign, some sort of carnival in Chernobyl.

  • 2C: Another picture of the carnival, this time of some bumper cars.

  • At the #1 spot on our list, we have Fukushima, Japan. This was one of the most radioactive places on our list because it was one of the most recent events. Radiation is still at a high level there, whereas you can walk around most places on this list without feeling these effects, in this one, clearly shown, you have to wear protective clothing in order to keep radioactivity to keep from spreading. In the 2011 earthquake, HALF of the reactors in the power plant were blown off in the giant meltdown, cause nuclear material to be spread over 200 MILES. I don't know about you, but that's a lot of damage to me.

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