The Most Radioactive Places On Earth

Who on Earth is exposed to the most ionizing radiation?
I’m filming a documentary for TV about how Uranium and radioactivity have shaped the modern world. It will be broadcast in mid-2015, details to come. The filming took me to the most radioactive places on Earth (and some places, which surprisingly aren’t as radioactive as you’d think). Chernobyl and Fukushima were incredible to see as they present post-apocalyptic landscapes. I also visited nuclear power plants, research reactors, Marie Curie’s institute, Einstein’s apartment, nuclear medicine areas of hospitals, uranium mines, nuclear bomb sites, and interviewed numerous experts.

Notes about measuring radiation:
Sieverts are a measure of ‘effective dose’ – that means they measure the biological impact of the energy transferred to tissues from radiation.” (YouTube)

Veritasium have produced an excellent video showcasing the most radioactive places on Earth. Using a handheld geiger counter that measures ionising radiation and gives a reading in sieverts, Veritasium heads to various parts of the world to see how much radiation he can detect, and provides the answers in bananas (1 banana = 0.1 microsievert).

Really interesting stuff. Onwards!

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