Chernobyl is known for its nuclear disaster that happened on 26 April 1986. To the day, and hopefully, it’ll stay like this, it is considered the worst nuclear disaster in history. According to the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR), 54 people died in this accident.
On the other hand, to reduce the spread of radioactive contamination, there has been a great operation to decontaminate Chernobyl. But it has been a hard task. So far it has involved more than 500,000 people and has cost an estimated $68 billion.
At this pace and according to the state program for decommissioning the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant (NPP), it is estimated the nuclear clean-up will be completed by 2065.
Three decades after and some effects still continue to linger. And this is how an urban explorer stumbled upon a bag with the most radiation found so far.
Thirty-five years have passed and Chernobyl is as latent as when it happened. Even though there are decontaminating programs going on as you read this, the radiation released during the accident still wreaks the north of the Ukrainian SSR.
Neil Ansell is a YouTuber who considers himself an urban explorer. His channel is called Abandoned Explorer as he likes to explore abandoned sites and record them for people who are watching him at home. This time, he picked Chernobyl.
Taking all necessary precautions and a CT scan, he traveled to the nuclear zone in Pripyat, near Chernobyl. A CT scan is a device that records radiation levels in milliSieverts (mSv). Just for you to have an idea, the limit that was needed for migrating everyone from Chernobyl was only 350 mSv. If it isn’t clear yet, the single dose of radiation needed to kill a person is 5,000 mSv.
While walking by, Neil stumbled into many items. “I was stunned just how radioactive some of the items were”, he said. However, there was one that really caught his attention. It was a bag.
When Neil approached the CT scan he was astonished by the result. The CT scan recorded the radiation levels of the bag as high as 2,728 milliSieverts (mSv), which is almost 200 times as high as an adult CT scan which hits 15 mSv.
Fortunately, he was smart enough not to open the bag. As for today, we still don’t know what’s inside the bag. I guess nobody wants to risk finding out, right? As Neil said: “I wasn’t interested in trying to find out either as if we’d touched or inhaled it, it could have been fatally dangerous. I felt really emotional after leaving Chernobyl as it has become a ghost town where it was once a lively town”.