The most radioactive places on Earth that are not worth visiting
In one form or another all of us are exposed to radiation every day. However, in twenty-five places, which we'll describe below, the radiation level is much higher because of what they were in the list of 25 most radioactive places on Earth. If you decide to visit any of these places, do not get mad if you then find an extra pair of eyes have looked in the mirror ... (well, maybe it's an exaggeration ... but maybe not).
Mining earth metals | Karunagappalli (Karunagappally), India
Karunagappalli is a municipality in the district of Kollam (Kollam) of the Indian state of Kerala (Kerala), which produces rare metals. Some of these metals, especially monazite, because of erosion turned beach sand and alluvial deposits. Due to this, the radiation in some places on the beach up to 70 mGy / year.
D'Oberviler Fort (Fort d'Aubervilliers) | Paris, France
Tests for radioactivity found quite strong radiation in Fort D'Oberviler. In 61 of the tanks stored there cesium-137 and radium-226 have been found. In addition, 60 cubic meters of its territory were also contaminated by radiation.
processing plant Acherinoks scrap (Acerinox Scrap Metal Processing Plant) | Los Barrios (Los Barrios), Spain
In this case, the source of Cs-137 appeared unnoticed gauging devices on landfill Acherinoks metal. When melting the source caused the release of radioactive clouds with radiation levels exceeding the normal 1,000 times. Contamination was later registered in Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland and Austria.
Field Laboratory NASA Santa Susanna (NASA Santa Susana Field Laboratory) | Simi Valley (Simi Valley), CA
The town of Simi Valley in California is a NASA field lab's location Santa Susanna and many years of trouble were detected approximately ten nuclear reactors of low power due to several fires involving radioactive metals. At the moment, this place is very dirty clean-up operations are conducted.
plutonium extraction plant "Mayak" | Muslumovo Russia
Because of a plant for the production of plutonium "Lighthouse", built in 1948, Muslumovo residents in the south of the Ural Mountains are suffering from the consequences of the use of drinking water, contaminated with radiation, leading to chronic illness and disability.
The uranium enrichment plant in the Rock Church (Church Rock Uranium Mill) | Rock Church, (Church Rock) New Mexico
During the infamous accident at the uranium enrichment plant in the Church Rock more than a thousand tons of solid radioactive waste and 352,043 cubic meters of acidic solution of radioactive blade fell into the river Puerco (Puerco River). As a result, radiation levels have increased 7000 times in comparison with the norm. A study conducted in 2003 showed that the waters of the river are still contaminated.
Flat | Kramatorsk, Ukraine
In 1989, a small capsule containing highly radioactive cesium-137 was detected in the concrete wall of an apartment house in Kramatorsk, Ukraine. The surface of the capsule had a gamma-radiation dose equal to 1800 R / year. As a result, killed six people and injured 17 people.
Brick houses | Yangjiang (Yangjiang), China
Yangjiang City district is full of houses made of bricks of sand and clay. Unfortunately, the sand in this region comes from the parts of the hills, which contain monazite, which decays into radium, actinium and radon. High radiation levels of these elements explains the high rate of cancer in the area.
Natural background radiation | Ramsar (Ramsar), Iran
In this part of Iran has one of the highest levels of natural background radiation on Earth. Radiation levels in the Ramsar reach 250 millisieverts per year.
Radioactive sand | Guarapari (Guarapari), Brazil
Due to the erosion of the natural radioactive element monazite sand beaches of Guarapari are radioactive, with radiation levels reaching 175 millisieverts, very far from an acceptable level to 20 millisieverts.
The radioactive portion McClure (McClure Radioactive Site) | Scarborough (Scarborough), Ontario
The radioactive portion McClure, who was a housing quarter in Scarborough, Ontario, is infected with more radiation spot 1940s. The pollution was caused by radium extracted from scrap metal, which was used for the experiments.
Underground springs Paralany (Subterranean Springs of Paralana) | Arkarula (Arkaroola), Australia
Underground Paralany sources flow through rocks rich in uranium and, according to studies, these hot springs endure radioactive radon and uranium to the surface for more than a billion years old.
Institute for radiotherapy Goiás (Instituto Goiano de Radioterapia) | Goias (Goias), Brazil
Radioactive contamination of Goiás, Brazil, was the result of radioactive radiation accident after the theft of the source of radiation therapy of an abandoned hospital. Hundreds of thousands of people have died because of pollution, radiation and even today still is rampant in several areas of Goiás.
The Federal Center Denver (Denver Federal Center) | Denver, CO
Denver Federal Center was used as a medium for the disposal of various types of waste, including chemicals, contaminated materials and road demolition debris. These wastes are transported to different places, which led to the radioactive contamination of several areas in Denver.
The base air force McGuire (McGuire Air Force Base) | District Burlington (Burlington County), New Jersey
In 2007, the base of the Air Force McGwire has been recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency US EPA (United States Environmental Protection Agency) one of the most polluted air bases in the country. That same year, the US military ordered to be cleaned of contaminants on the base, but the pollution is there still.
Hanford Site (Hanford Nuclear Reservation Site) | Hanford (Hanford), Washington
Hanford Site, is an integral part of the American project to produce atomic bombs produced plutonium for the atomic bomb, which eventually was dropped on Nagasaki, Japan. Although plutonium stocks have been written off about two-thirds of the left in Hanford, causing groundwater pollution.
In the midst of the sea | Mediterranean Sea
It is believed that the syndicate, controlled by the Italian mafia, using the Mediterranean as a dumping ground for hazardous radioactive wastes. It is believed that about 40 ships with toxic and radioactive waste float across the Mediterranean, leaving a large amount of radioactive waste in the oceans.
The coast of Somalia | Mogadishu (Mogadishu), Somalia
Some argue that the soil unprotected Somali coast mafia used for the disposal of nuclear waste and toxic metals, which includes 600 barrels of toxic materials. This, unfortunately, turned out to be true, when in 2004 the coast devastated by the tsunami, and before the eyes of the people opened the rusting barrels buried here a few decades ago.
Production Association "Mayak" | Mayak, Russia
Lighthouse in Russia for many decades, is home to a huge nuclear power plant. It began in 1957, when approximately 100 tons of radioactive waste have been released into the environment during the accident, which led to an explosion, contaminating large area. However, this explosion of anything not reported until 1980, when it was found that even with the 50s, radioactive power plant waste is dumped in the surrounding area, including Lake Karachai. Pollution has led to the fact that high levels of radiation suffered more than 400,000 people.
Sellafield nuclear complex (Sellafield Power Plant) | Sellafield (Sellafield), United Kingdom
Before it was converted into a commercial area, Sellafield in the UK used to produce plutonium for atomic bombs. Today, about two-thirds of the buildings that are at Sellafield are considered to be radioactively contaminated. This facility produces about eight million liters of contaminated waste every day, polluting the nature and causes of deaths of people living nearby.
Siberian Chemical Plant | Siberia, Russia
Just as a lighthouse, Siberia and is home to one of the biggest chemical plants in the world. Siberian chemical plant produces 125,000 tons of solid waste, polluting the groundwater surrounding the field of water. The study also showed that the wind and rain spread the waste into the wild, causing high levels of mortality among wild animals.
Polygon | Semipalatinsk test site, Kazakhstan
Polygon in Kazakhstan is best known in connection with the atomic bomb project. This is a deserted place was transformed into an institution, where the Soviet Union detonated its first atomic bomb. The landfill currently holds the record for the largest concentration of nuclear explosions in the world. Approximately 200,000 people are currently suffering from the effects of this radiation.
The Western Mining and Chemical Combine | Mailu-Suu, Kyrgyzstan
Mailu-Suu is considered one of the most polluted places in the world. Unlike other radioactive places, this place gets its radiation is not from nuclear bombs or power plants, and from large-scale mining and processing uranium activities, throwing about 1, 96 million cubic meters of radioactive waste in the area.
The Chernobyl nuclear power plant | Chernobyl, Ukraine
Highly contaminated Chernobyl radiation is the scene of one of the worst nuclear accident in the world. Over the years, radiation catastrophe in Chernobyl affects six million people in this area, and is projected to lead to approximately 4 - 93 thousand deaths. The nuclear disaster in Chernobyl, emissions into the atmosphere 100 times more radiation than has been thrown out by the explosion of nuclear bombs in Nagasaki and Hiroshima.
Nuclear power plant Fukushima Dai-no (Fukushima Daini Nuclear Power Plant) | Fukushima (Fukushima), Japan
The consequences of the earthquake in Fukushima in Japan, as they say, will be the most lengthy in terms of nuclear danger in the world. This disaster, which is considered the worst nuclear accident since the Chernobyl disaster caused meltdown of three reactors, which led to strong radiation leak, which was detected in 322 kilometers from the power plant.