6 Most Radioactive Places on Earth

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We’re getting radiated by the Sun every day, but the doses are quite insignificant, so we can easily survive long trips out in the open. Hey, even some fruits and vegetables are (technically) radioactive, like bananas, for example.

 

A human body can withstand many nasty things, but strong radiation isn’t one of them, so whatever you do, do NOT visit any of these highly-radioactive places without proper gear or supervision.

 

In no particular order, here we go!

 

 

1. The Hanford Site, Washington, USA
This is one of the most radioactive spots in the North America and for a good reason – it was used to produce Plutonium during the Cold War. Remember the infamous “Fat Man”? All that Plutonium was harvested at the Hanford site, along with enough radioactive stuff to arm another 60k nukes. Naturally, everything inside this “site” is a no-go zone. Most of the radioactive waste has been buried deep-deep in the ground, but after decades of the government not giving a damn it’s starting to seep into the groundwater. Good luck, future generations!

2. Sellafield, United Kingdom
The Cold War touched many countries, including the UK. Here at Sellafield they used to make … yes, you guessed it, special little nukes for the UK’s nuclear weapon programme. These days it’s still full of workers whose job is to get rid of various radioactive objects. And since it’s located on the coast of the Irish Sea, all the “processed” materials are being dumped into the cold, salty water. Around 8,000,000 liters of radioactive goo is being released on a daily basis. This could be the reason why the Irish Sea is the most radioactive sea in the world.

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