Top 10 of the most radioactive places on the planet, to know a radius of them before…

Radioactivity is not just the magic potion of superheroes, it is also and above all a beautiful piece of crap that can quickly turn into disaster if you are not careful. Top 10 of the most radioactive places on the planet, where it is better to avoid leaving your molecules lying around.

1. Hanford in the United States

The Hanford site in southern Washington is a bit like the Springfield nuclear plant in The Simpsons, only worse. Since the 1940s, the military has played around with enough plutonium to design the 60,000 nuclear warheads in its arsenal. And since no one really knew how to manage radioactive waste, we decided to bury part of it in the basements without taking too many precautions, when we weren’t discharging the contaminated water directly into the nearby river. Today, Hanford is considered the most radioactive place in the USA, and is above all an environmental time bomb. Last May, part of the land nearly collapsed onto a radioactive storage tunnel, forcing the 5,000 employees to remain confined to the factory, carefully avoiding food and drink. You can never be too careful.

2. The Mediterranean Sea

The sea is disgusting, the fish fuck in it, the tourists piss happily there, while the Mafia swings there, neither seen nor known, drums filled with radioactive waste. Since 1994, more than 40 ships have been sunk in the Mediterranean with their contaminated stock, rather than bothering to transport their cumbersome cargo to the landfill plants provided for this purpose. If we come across 5-meter fish with 2 heads, we shouldn’t be surprised.

3. The Somali coast

In addition to suffering from famine, piracy and chronic political instability, Somalia would serve the Mafia, again, to bury the nuclear waste that front companies were supposed to store according to international safety standards. It is estimated that around 600 radioactive barrels are buried or sunk along the Somali coast. A problem that also affects its neighbors since the 2004 tsunami would have moved some barrels over very long distances.

4. Mayak industrial complex in Russia

In 1957, a huge explosion blew the Mayak base used until then by the Soviet army for its nuclear tests. During this incident, more than 100 tons of radioactive waste were released, contaminating the entire region for tens of kilometers around. A trifle for the 400,000 inhabitants of the surroundings already victims of the discharges of the factory into the waters of the river and those of the neighboring lake of Karachay. The city is still considered today as the most radioactive place on the planet.

Top 10 of the most radioactive places on the planet, to know a radius of them before...
Picture credits: Ecodefense, Heinrich Boell Stiftung Russia, Alla Slapovskaya, Alisa Nikulina

5. Sellafield West of England

Located on the west coast of England, the Sellafield power station has for years supplied the plutonium for the design of British nuclear bombs. A crap that has left its mark since 2/3 of the factory buildings are now contaminated. Converted into a toxic waste warehouse, the Sellafield power station continues to dump almost 8 million liters of radioactive waste every day into the Irish Sea, considered to this day to be the most polluted in the world.

6. The village of Naumkovo in Siberia

This small town in Siberia caused a stir in 2006 after the birth of a two-headed calf in its green pastures. Blame it on the chemical plant located next door which, for more than 40 years, has found nothing better than to store more than 120,000 tonnes of radioactive waste in open-air basins. The wind, the rain and the frequent radioactive leaks have finished contaminating the surroundings, affecting indiscriminately the inhabitants, the herds and the wild life. fallout next door is Disneyland.

7. Semipalatinsk polygon in Kazakhstan

From 1949 to 1989, the Soviet army carried out a whopping 456 nuclear tests on this site in Kazakhstan on the pretext that it was uninhabited. With one detail: 700,000 people lived in the region at the time. When the site was closed in 1991, scientists estimated that 200,000 people were directly affected by the radioactive fallout.

8. Mailuu-Suu in Kyrgyzstan

It is definitely not good to live in a former Soviet republic. So certainly, the mining town of Mailuu-Suu was not the scene of nuclear tests, but it still took a lot of money. It is indeed in its basements that the Soviets extracted the plutonium necessary for their nuclear activities. Although the mines have been closed since 2006, radioactive emissions continue to pollute the entire region. There are no less than 36 radioactive landfills, or about 1.96 million m³ of waste that contaminate the surroundings every day without anyone lifting a finger (although they have 3).

9. Chernobyl in Ukraine

The Chernobyl disaster is the worst nuclear incident of the 20th century. The radiation emitted by the explosion of the plant was 100 times greater than that of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs. It is estimated today that 6 million people were victims (cancers, malformations, stunted growth) of the disaster, of which 70% in Ukraine alone. Today, a 2,600 km² exclusion zone around the plant limits access to the site to just a few hours a day. It is considered that it will theoretically take 48,000 years for all traces of abnormal radioactivity to disappear. It’s a gift.

10. Fukushima in Japan

More than 6 years ago, Japan experienced the worst disaster scenario, even Michael Bay would have found it a little too much: an earthquake, followed by a tsunami and the explosion of 3 of the 6 reactors of the Fukushima nuclear power plant. Even today, the region is still recording stratospheric radioactivity peaks, whether in its soil or in the water: more than 700,000 m³ of contaminated water have moreover been recently dumped into the sea, due to lack of space. to store them.

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