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12 Most Radioactive Places on Earth
These are the top most most dangerous radiation hot spots in the world from nuclear weapons testing to power plant explosions! Subscribe to American Eye 6. Fort D’Aubervilliers Originally constructed as fortification to protect Paris from going under attack in 1846, it’s actually now one of the world's most radioactive places. It’s here where some of the first tests on radioactivity were conducted. Frederic and Irene Joliot-Curie both worked with salts of radium-226. People have noticed a large amount of cancer in the area especially in a school near the fort in 2002. High doses or radioactive contamination appeared to be the only plausible explanation and a study in 2006 confirmed the radioactivity. 5. McClure Radioactive Site A company looking to build some houses came across a startling discovery when surveying new land in Ontario Canada. The McClure site was contaminated with high amounts of radium from industrial use and a large amount of the soil as contaminated. They found out later that the plant in the area was put radioactive scrap metal in the ground for experimental purposes. The researchers had wanted to see if the radioactivity would somehow accelerate plant growth. The experiments were obviously unsuccessful but the area remains contaminated to this day. Some people have some crazy theories! 4. McGuire Air Force Base During the Cold War, America was quite eager to have the best nuclear arms of any country in the world. The McGuire Air Force Base was seriously contaminated from weapons grade plutonium in 1960. Located just south of Trenton, this was home to Launch Shelter 204 that stored nuclear, intercontinental ballistic missiles. An unexpected explosion happened in a helium that caused a fire in the nuclear tipped BOMARC missile. The fire burned for about 15 minutes and was extinguished with water. This resulted in radioactive material and water to flow throughout the air force base. Some pieces of debris were found a half mile from the explosion. It could have been much worse considering how close it is to populated areas. The contaminated area stretches an estimated 7 acres and it’s closed off with a barbed wire fence. So don’t even think about coming here! 3. Mailuu-Suu This place is one of the most polluted and radioactive sites in the world. Located in Kyrgyzstan, it’s radiation is derived from the large amount of Uranium ore deposits. Mining operations from 1946 to 1968 left this place severely damaged. They managed to mine nearly 10,000 tons of uranium ore for the Soviet nuclear program. A landslide that took place in 1958 released 6000 cubic meters of material from this mine, leaving radioactive particles all over the place. There’s more than 20000 times the amount of normal radiation at this location. When the mining operations ended, it left many people without jobs. It’s believed that many settlers of this region, put themselves in danger and attempt to sell of the metal to scrap metal dealers. 2.Chernobyl Exclusion Zone Chernobyl and Pripyat were both quickly evacuated after a horrific meltdown took place at the nuclear power plant Reactor number 4 on April 26, 1986. People fled this area so quickly that they left many of their belongings behind. As a result of the meltdown, no one has been allowed to live here due to the high amounts of radiation set off from the explosion. The toxic cloud of particles affected a large part of eastern europe and some material was even found as far away as Switzerland. This photo here depicts what's known as the elephant foot is the reminisce of the black lava firefighters found that oozed directed from the core of the power plant. This is basically molten radioactive lava and certainly not something you want to get close. Stand next to this thing for 300 hundred seconds and you’ll only have two days to live. Although nature has been able to flourish here, mankind certainly won’t be making their way back to this place any time soon. 1.Fukushima Power Plant ` A tsunami that struck the coast of Japan in 2011 after an earth and it’s the worst nuclear power plant disaster since Chernobyl by a longshot. The reactors automatically shut down and the tsunami destroyed the emergency cooling generators causing it to overheat. This lead to not one, not two, but three nuclear meltdowns and the releasing of radioactive material all over the area. It was given the Level 7 classification by the International Nuclear Event Scale. This has lead many people seriously concerned for their health in this area and the eventual number of cancer victims could be through the roof! Radiation hotspots like this one in kashiwa are completely closed from the public. Radioactivity is now found much more often through the entire Pacific ocean and has been causing mutations in plants and animals in many parts of the world.

25 Most Haunting Photos from Chernobyl
From the abandoned dolls of Pripyat, to the rusting soviet Secret Weapon, here are 25 most haunting photos of Chernobyl. Subscribe to American Eye 13. A Bumpy Past This photo here displays the grim remains of the bumper cars that would have brought much joy the children of the city. They’re now left to rust within the chernobyl exclusion zone, gather dust and erode from the elements. 12. Ferris Wheel Possibly the most iconic image of the Chernobyl exclusion zone would be this ferris wheel. The photo is captured from an aerial view and it shows the large amount of trees that have sprung up since no one is there to cut them down 11. Time For School What could possibly be more terrifying than dolls? Possibly abandoned dolls left in the kindergarten of Chernobyl. The elements have eroded their natural form making these look even more horrifying than ever. 10. Abandoned Library What else would expect to see from an abandoned library in Pripyat? The books are scattered all across the library that was once considered to be the cultural center of the region. 9. The Main Square Here we see a photograph of the Main Square of Pripyat during it’s golden years but as we zoom out we can see the eerie contrast as 30 years go by with no people. It truly is remarkable what happens to land when humans are not around. 8. The Grid If you’re familiar with call of duty black ops, this photo might seem familiar to you. The multiplayer level “the Grid” was modeled after the “Duga Radar System” facility which is found within the exclusion zone. In the background you see the extremely powerful radar system and some of the buildings to house on the workers here. 7. Top Secret This was one of the Soviet Union’s biggest and most powerful secret spying weapons during the cold war and you better believe it used a lot of energy. You can tell from this photo how completely massive it is and it would be able to pick up. It could successful detect rocket launches from over 2500 km away. Some believe that this advanced facility, was using so much electricity that it essentially caused the Chernobyl meltdown. What do you believe. 6. Entrance This photo shows another entrance into the abandoned facility that would have been a key factor in protecting the Soviet Union from a potential attack. In the left upper corner, you see the giant metal skeleton of the Duga radar device. It was often given the nickname of the Woodpecker, due to the tapping noises it would give off on radio signals. 5. Ghost Town Who is this person standing alone in the Red Forest of Chernobyl. And why can’t we see her face? Could it be a guh guh ghoooost?!! Not this time. This photo was taken of a Pripyat survivor, Alina Rudya. who was only a baby when the catastrophe took place. 4. A Dark Reminder Rudya’s haunting tale continues as she visits her mother’s old apartment building in Pripyat. She stumbled across this black and white photo of her as a child and her mother standing next to her. After 30 years go by it’s quite shocking to find something like this still here. 3.Pool of Gas Masks Gas masks were stored here just in case something catastrophic happened but it appeared to serve them little to no use since the toxins can be absorbed through the skin. This eerie image was captured behind the rotting walls and won’t bet getting used anytime soon. 2. The Red Forest One of the creepiest forests on Earth is undoubtedly the Red Forest. This sign in the front, warns travellers her the toxicity of this area. Many trees died here from absorbing too much radiation from the explosion and you can tell these ones here don’t have many trees left. Although some wildlife has managed to thrive in some places here, this is basically only due to the absence of mankind. The Future of Chernobyl Children are considered to be the next generation and in Chernobyl and surrounding areas in Belarus, it’s not looking too bright. The infant mortality rate in belarus is 300 percent higher than in the rest of Europe. Only 31 died in the explosion but estimates of those who’ve suffered from cancer or other illnesses from the radiation is unknown. Thousands of children wait in line for cardiac surgeries each year but not all of them will get it. The soviet Union tried to cover up the devastation but too many strange symptoms like this and mutations have been popping up. Here in this photo, we see children suffering from acute baldness directly from radiation in Chernobyl. No cure has been found yet and we can only hope that some day, this land will return back to normal. bal

Reactor Hall of Unit 2, Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant
Update 24 Jan. 2017: still photos are posted at We visit the Unit 2 reactor hall (central hall) at Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in November of 2016. My video editing skills are minimal and I am slow, so for better material please visit the channel of my nuclear companion Bionerd23: The RBMK is notable for its circular reactor lid where the control rod drive mechanisms reside and where loading and unloading of fuel occurs by means of a massive crane-mounted machine. In essence, the hall is a heavy-walled hot cell designed to shield potentially high radiation levels while fuel operations are underway. The hall also contains the short-term spent fuel storage basins, fresh fuel storage, a fuel transfer hatch to ground level, and access panels into the upper steamwater communication lines linking the reactor channels to the steam separators on either side. Unit 2 at Chernobyl has been shut down since a fire in 1991 damaged its generators and feedwater system. The reactor is defueled and dry, as are its spent fuel basins. Some highlights of this video tour: 0:31 The reactor building elevator threatens to malfunction and we take the stairs instead. 3:03 Entrance to the anteroom of the Central Hall on the +20.2m level, where we put on additional PPE clothing. 5:02 Central Hall shielding maze 7:20 Gamma radiation above pressure tubes on reactor face is about 3.3 mR/h. 10:10 Fuel element stringers in the spent fuel pool are locally contaminated and spicy, with one measurement showing 2 R/h. 14:16 Discussion of the division of reactor channels between fuel and the protection and control (SUZ) system, noting that one SUZ channel has been repurposed for neutron transmutation of silicon. The RBMK was particularly good for this, and it occurred in Units 2 and 3 at Chernobyl. 14:58 Ascend the scaffolding to the refueling machine operator's compartment and look out the leaded glass window.

Vehicles of the Exclusion Zone
Rare footage of Radioactively contaminated vehicles destined never to leave the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.