In some form, shape or other, we are exposed to radiation everyday. However, these 25 places have a substantially higher concentration of radiation making them part of our 25 of the most radioactive places on the face of the earth. If you decide to visit any of these places, don’t get mad at us when you look at the mirror and you see an extra pair of eyes staring back at you…(OK, that’s a little far fetched…or is it?).
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Siberian Chemical Combine | Siberia, Russia
Like Mayak, Russia, Siberia is also a home to one of the largest chemical facilities in the world. The Siberian Chemical Combine accounts for about 125,000 tons of solid waste contaminating ground waters in the area. A study also shows that wind and rain carry off these contaminants to wildlife, causing high levels of mortality among animals.
The Polygon | Semipalatinsk, Kazakhstan
The Polygon in Kazakhstan is most famous for its atomic bomb project. This uninhabited place was converted into a facility where the Soviet Union detonated its first nuclear bomb, which currently holds the record for the largest concentration of nuclear explosions in the world. Some 200,000 are currently suffering from the effects of this radiation.
Zapadnyi Mining and Chemical Combine | Mailuu-Suu, Kyrgzstan
Mailuu-Suu is considered as one of the most polluted sites in the world. Unlike other radioactive places, this place does not derive its radiation from nuclear bombs or power plants but from large-scale uranium mining and processing activities, contributing to about 1.96 million cubic meters of nuclear waste in the area.
Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant | Chernobyl, Ukraine
A heavily contaminated place, Chernobyl is home to one of the world’s worst nuclear accidents. Through the years, the radiation accident in Chernobyl has affected six million people in the area and is projected to cause anywhere between 4,000 to 93,000 deaths. The nuclear accident in Chernobyl emitted 100 times more radiation than the nuclear attacks in Nagasaki and Hiroshima.
Fukushima Daini Nuclear Power Plant | Fukushima, Japan
The effects of the Fukushima earthquake in Japan is said to be the longest-lasting nuclear danger in the world. Considered to be the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl, the incident caused the meltdown of three reactors allowing for a severe radiation leak detected 200 miles away from the plant.