Measuring radiation levels, Chernobyl

Measuring radiation levels, Chernobyl

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Caption: Measuring radiation levels, Chernobyl. Person using a dosimeter to measure the radiation level inside the exclusion zone of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, Ukraine. On 26th April 1986, reactor number 4 (seen here) went out of control, leading to meltdown and an explosion. Around 1000 square kilometres of land were directly contaminated by radioactive fall-out. Here, the dosimeter is reading a level of radiation that is almost twice as high as the average permissible exposure level for nuclear industry workers.

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