Ten Most Radioactive Places on Earth Mapped Out [GRAPHIC]


Do you know the dirty side of the nuclear industry?  After researching this article by brainz.org, we were shocked to find out how truly awful our radioactive waste problem is and how it is going to be hurting us all, for a long time to come.  Please take the time to read the links below, share this with your friends, and discuss solutions to these problems.  ~ Climate Viewer News

This list is not a definitive TOP TEN, it is simply ten very disgusting examples of nuclear warfare against the citizens of this world. CV News is attempting to compile a top twenty list, help us out by submitting your “most radioactive” links here.

More news on radioactive waste can be found on our RadChick Radiation Research and Mitigation page.

While the 2011 earthquake and worries surrounding Fukushima have brought the threat of radioactivity back into the public consciousness, many people still don’t realize that radioactive contamination is a worldwide danger. Radionuclides are in the top six toxic threats as listed in the 2010 report by The Blacksmith Institute, an NGO dedicated to tackling pollution. You might be surprised by the locations of some of the world’s most radioactive places — and thus the number of people living in fear of the effects radiation could have on them and their children.

10. Hanford, USA

A tank farm at Hanford, Washington, built in the 1940s, uses only single-wall tanks to store radioactive sludge from plutonium processing. Many of the tanks have leaked, tainting groundwater.

A tank farm at Hanford, Washington, built in the 1940s, uses only single-wall tanks to store radioactive sludge from plutonium processing. Many of the tanks have leaked, tainting groundwater.

The Hanford Site, in Washington, was an integral part of the US atomic bomb project, manufacturing plutonium for the first nuclear bomb and “Fat Man,” used at Nagasaki. As the Cold War waged on, it ramped up production, supplying plutonium for most of America’s 60,000 nuclear weapons. Although decommissioned, it still holds two thirds of the volume of the country’s high-level radioactive waste — about 53 million gallons of liquid waste, 25 million cubic feet of solid waste and 200 square miles of contaminated groundwater underneath the area, making it the most contaminated site in the US. The environmental devastation of this area makes it clear that the threat of radioactivity is not simply something that will arrive in a missile attack, but could be lurking in the heart of your own country. More information available at the Hanford Site, Department of Energy website.

Hanford Nuclear on ClimateViewer 3D

Hanford Nuclear on ClimateViewer 3D

Hanford related disaster alerts:


9. The Mediterranean

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For years, there have been allegations that the Ndrangheta syndicate of the Italian mafia has been using the seas as a convenient location in which to dump hazardous waste — including radioactive waste — charging for the service and pocketing the profits. An Italian NGO, Legambiente, suspects that about 40 ships loaded with toxic and radioactive waste have disappeared in Mediterranean waters since 1994. If true, these allegations paint a worrying picture of an unknown amount of nuclear waste in the Mediterranean whose true danger will only become clear when the hundreds of barrels degrade or somehow otherwise break open. The beauty of the Mediterranean Sea may well be concealing an environmental catastrophe in the making.

sinkings and incidents in the Mediterranean Sea, involving ships which are suspected of having carried toxic and radioactive waste on ClimateViewer 3D

Sinkings and incidents in the Mediterranean Sea, involving ships which are suspected of having carried toxic and radioactive waste on ClimateViewer 3D


8. The Somalian Coast

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The Italian mafia organization just mentioned has not just stayed in its own region when it comes to this sinister business. There are also allegations that Somalian waters and soil, unprotected by government, have been used for the sinking or burial of nuclear waste and toxic metals — including 600 barrels of toxic and nuclear waste, as well as radioactive hospital waste. Indeed, the United Nations’ Environment Program believes that the rusting barrels of waste washed up on the Somalian coastline during the 2004 Tsunami were dumped as far back as the 1990s. The country is already an anarchic wasteland, and the effects of this waste on the impoverished population could be as bad if not worse than what they have already experienced.

Somalian illegal nuclear and toxic waste dumping and piracy on ClimateViewer 3D

Somalian illegal nuclear and toxic waste dumping and piracy on ClimateViewer 3D


7. Mayak Chemical Combine, Russia


The industrial complex of Mayak, in Russia’s north-east, has had a nuclear plant for decades, and in 1957 was the site of one of the world’s worst nuclear accidents. Up to 100 tons of radioactive waste were released by an explosion, contaminating a massive area. The explosion was kept under wraps until the 1980s. Starting in the 1950s, waste from the plant was dumped in the surrounding area and into Lake Karachay. This has led to contamination of the water supply that thousands rely on daily. Experts believe that Karachay may be the most radioactive place in the world, and over 400,000 people have been exposed to radiation from the plant as a result of the various serious incidents that have occurred — including fires and deadly dust storms. The natural beauty of Lake Karachay belies its deadly pollutants, with the radiation levels where radioactive waste flows into its waters enough to give a man a fatal dose within an hour.

Mayak Chemical Combine Russia on ClimateViewer 3D

Mayak Chemical Combine Russia on ClimateViewer 3D


6. Sellafield, UK

Plutonium from Sellafield in all children's teeth

Located on the west coast of England, Sellafield was originally a plutonium production facility for nuclear bombs, but then moved into commercial territory. Since the start of its operation, hundreds of accidents have occurred at the plant, and around two thirds of the buildings themselves are now classified as nuclear waste. The plant releases some 8 million liters of contaminated waste into the sea on a daily basis, making the Irish Sea the most radioactive sea in the world. England is known for its green fields and rolling landscapes, but nestled in the heart of this industrialized nation is a toxic, accident-prone facility, spewing dangerous waste into the oceans of the world.

Sellafield, UK on ClimateViewer 3D

Sellafield, UK on ClimateViewer 3D


5. Siberian Chemical Combine

European Court of Human Rights finds in favour of villagers suing the Siberian Chemical Combine

A two headed calf suffering radiation poisoning that was born in the village of Naumkovo near the Siberian Chemical Combine in May 2006. – European Court of Human Rights finds in favour of villagers suing the Siberian Chemical Combine

Mayak is not the only contaminated site in Russia; Siberia is home to a chemical facility that contains over four decades’ worth of nuclear waste. Liquid waste is stored in uncovered pools and poorly maintained containers hold over 125,000 tons of solid waste, while underground storage has the potential to leak to groundwater. Wind and rain have spread the contamination to wildlife and the surrounding area. And various minor accidents have led to plutonium going missing and explosions spreading radiation. While the snowy landscape may look pristine and immaculate, the facts make clear the true level of pollution to be found here.

Siberian Chemical Combine on ClimateViewer 3D

Siberian Chemical Combine on ClimateViewer 3D


4. The Polygon, Kazakhstan


For Kazakhs, nuclear fallout a painful reality – Washington Post

Once the location for the Soviet Union’s nuclear weapons testing, this area is now part of modern-day Kazakhstan. The site was earmarked for the Soviet atomic bomb project due to its “uninhabited” status — despite the fact that 700,000 people lived in the area. The facility was where the USSR detonated its first nuclear bomb and is the record-holder for the place with the largest concentration of nuclear explosions in the world: 456 tests over 40 years from 1949 to 1989. While the testing carried out at the facility — and its impact in terms of radiation exposure — were kept under wraps by the Soviets until the facility closed in 1991, scientists estimate that 200,000 people have had their health directly affected by the radiation. The desire to destroy foreign nations has led to the specter of nuclear contamination hanging over the heads of those who were once citizens of the USSR.

Semipalatinsk Test Site on ClimateViewer 3D

Semipalatinsk Test Site on ClimateViewer 3D – Click Pollution > Nuclear Test Explosions


3. Mailuu-Suu, Kyrgyzstan


Considered one of the top ten most polluted sites on Earth by the 2006 Blacksmith Institute report, the radiation at Mailuu-Suu comes not from nuclear bombs or power plants, but from mining for the materials needed in the processes they entail. The area was home to a uranium mining and processing facility and is now left with 36 dumps of uranium waste — over 1.96 million cubic meters. The region is also prone to seismic activity, and any disruption of the containment could expose the material or cause some of the waste to fall into rivers, contaminating water used by hundreds of thousands of people. These people may not ever suffer the perils of nuclear attack, but nonetheless they have good reason to live in fear of radioactive fallout every time the earth shakes.

Maylisuu, Kyrgyzstan radioactive leeching on ClimateViewer 3D

Maylisuu, Kyrgyzstan radioactive leeching on ClimateViewer 3D


2. Chernobyl, Ukraine

source - Science with a Skew: The Nuclear Power Industry After Chernobyl and Fukushima

source – Science with a Skew: The Nuclear Power Industry After Chernobyl and Fukushima

Home to one of the world’s worst and most infamous nuclear accidents, Chernobyl is still heavily contaminated, despite the fact that a small number of people are now allowed into the area for a limited amount of time. The notorious accident caused over 6 million people to be exposed to radiation, and estimates as to the number of deaths that will eventually occur due to the Chernobyl accident range from 4,000 to as high as 93,000. The accident released 100 times more radiation than the Nagasaki and Hiroshima bombs. Belarus absorbed 70 percent of the radiation, and its citizens have been dealing with increased cancer incidence ever since. Even today, the word Chernobyl conjures up horrifying images of human suffering.

The Exclusion Zone covers an area of approximately 2,600 km2 in Ukraine immediately surrounding the Chernobyl nuclear power plant where radioactive contamination from fallout is highest and public access and inhabitation are restricted.

Chernobyl radioactive fallout exclusion zone on ClimateViewer 3D

Chernobyl radioactive fallout exclusion zone on ClimateViewer 3D


1. Fukushima, Japan

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The 2011 earthquake and tsunami was a tragedy that destroyed homes and lives, but the effects of the Fukushima nuclear power plant may be the most long-lasting danger. The worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl, the incident caused meltdown of three of the six reactors, leaking radiation into the surrounding area and the sea, such that radiative material has been detected as far as 200 miles from the plant. As the incident and its ramifications are still unfolding, the true scale of the environmental impact is still unknown. The world may still be feeling the effects of this disaster for generations to come.

Cesium-137 ground deposition (fallout) on ClimateViewer 3D

Cesium-137 ground deposition (fallout) on ClimateViewer 3D

* Research based on this brainz.org article,
with images, links, and maps by Jim Lee of ClimateViewer News.

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  1. Saru G 1 year ago

    This is an incredible piece of info Jim. Scary as hell but very informative. Makes you realize maybe not today and maybe not tomorrow, but unless things change drastically, our days are numbered.

  2. James Lea 1 year ago

    I could not have said it any better…Great Job!!!

  3. jm 1 year ago

    if you are looking for a way out search these topics: fulvic acid, clinoptilolit-zeolite, BeaTerra, The Roy Process For Neutralizing Nuclear Waste

    • Rebecca 1 year ago

      Why isn’t this being done
      or is it?

      • Rebecca -The 1982 Nuclear Waste Policy Act limited science to ”burial’ for Nuclear Waste. This made alternatives, like the Roy Process, illegal. So much for our free country.

  4. Mary Rust 1 year ago

    Words fail to capture the horror of these nuclear bombshells.

  5. David Kangas 1 year ago

    i have often said humans do not deserve the life we have been given…..we have no regard for that which surrounds us and callously discard all that is not $$$$…..we deserve this hell we have created

    • t 1 year ago

      speak for yourself only please.

    • Aaron 1 year ago

      I have never understood the utility of hating oneself and others of their same kind. Does it serve some purpose, or do you simply enjoy being a cynical douche?

  6. jan 1 year ago

    Fallujah? Birth deformities daily…

  7. George Mack 1 year ago

    Guessing it will take a while to pollute the Southern Hemisphere like this but eventually it will probably get there too?

  8. H Parks 1 year ago

    This explains the reason for that comment in the bible about “() THERE is NO MORE SEA REVELATION 21:1 …
    Apr 9, 2011 – Are we to understand that to mean that the oceans are gone? This is the prevailing interpretation of most bible scholars and teachers of our day. … Without a sea, there can be no hydrological cycle ”
    But of course, we need the moon for that too – and our moon is to be sent off our orbit to the opposing side.
    In the Hidden Texts of Nostradamus are many mentions of the why and the how the seas were sent into the skies to be dispersed. Da Vinci says the same thing. Also not to ingest the ice or snow when the next ice age comes. The reason is here in this article.

  9. Ted Howard 1 year ago

    Southern hemisphere?
    Contaminated sites in Australia from bloody big British bomb testing? According to Dr.Helen Caldicott, we still have 100 years of plutonium raining down on us from the high atmosphere over Australasia…and people wonder why we have high cancer rates?!

    And the French testing at Mururoa, and its sister atoll Fangataufa? Lots of impact from this across various islands, but the French have managed to keep a lid on the details.
    I got to talk to some of the activists who were arrested protesting at the last French tests in early 90’s. They said the place was a mess, and cracking/decay in the atolls was a given…future nuclear radiation leaks coming our way sometime soon from that FUBAR as well?


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      Jim Lee 1 year ago

      See all 2000+ nuclear test explosions on our feature: http://climateviewer.com/nuclear-explosion-map.html

    • Andy 1 year ago

      100 years of plutonium raining down from the high atmosphere? If that were true, there would need to be no wind at all. Surface explosions in the 50s would now be distributed all over the world, not just over Australia.

  10. M Marsh 1 year ago

    Appreciate the brutal honesty here. Awareness, starting with school age children on up, is needed all over the world so that moving forward, informed decisions about implementing this technology for use in power plants, weapons, energy sources can be made. That is not the case now. Several future generations are going to inherit this catastrophe and the cleanup, if that is possible. The suffering this has caused is inhumane.

  11. Sindy Sloan Fagen 1 year ago

    No matter how eloquently the nuclear energy advocates make their arguments about why this source of power needs to be supported and proliferated across the globe, the truth is that humans are simply not responsible enough to handle it, period.

  12. Jennifer Arnold 1 year ago

    Atomic Abuse is not energy – it is mother earth filling in double time , for a total lack of intention — stop calling it power, we live in and are stabilized and designed of atomic power, a balanced power. The words have to change if we are going to address dissolving the utilization of fission in our human conceptualization of “what is life” -

  13. charlashamhart 1 year ago

    Miso offers protection from radiation. At the time of the world’s first plutonium atomic bombing, on August 9, 1945, two hospitals were literally in the shadow of the blast, about one mile from the epicenter in Nagasaki. American scientists declared the area totally uninhabitable for 75 years. At University Hospital 3000 patients suffered greatly from leukemia and disfiguring radiation burns. This hospital served its patients a modern fare of sugar, white rice, and refined white flour products. Another hospital was St. Francis Hospital, under the direction of Shinichiro Akizuki, M.D. Although this hospital was located even closer to the blast’s epicenter than the first, none of the workers or patients suffered from radiation sickness. Dr. Akizuki had been feeding his patients and workers brown rice, miso soup, vegetables and seaweed every day. The Roman Catholic Church—and the residents of Nagasaki—called this a modern day miracle. Meanwhile, Dr. Akizuki and his co-workers disregarded the American warning and continued going around the city of Nagasaki in straw sandals visiting the sick in their homes. http://www.macrobiotic.org/Miso.htm

  14. Ben Katz 1 year ago

    so lucky to live in australia

  15. Rogue uranium extracting in Katanga, Congo. All the region is radioactive. Where is that uranium going now? Uranium for Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombing came from mines of southeast Congo. Long years of civil war maybe just ending horrid centuries of history.

  16. Judith Taylor 1 year ago

    Correct Rodrigo and Namibia is affected plus many other African countries

    Please join this campaign: http://www.change.org/petitions/united-states-senator-harry-reid-amend-the-nuclear-waste-policy-act?share_id=OQwAwNKSwf&utm_campaign=mailto_link&utm_medium=email&utm_source=share_petition

    There is a viable, cost effective alternative to the federal policy of burying nuclear waste. First, there must be a Congressional Bill passed to allow transmutation, or backwards engineering nuclear waste to a non-radioactive element. In addition to eliminating nuclear waste, the decay heat can turn the steam electric generators at each nuclear power plant to produce electricity.

    The Roy Process website – New website under construction

    No Time To Waste: E.I.S. – The Roy Process
    for Neutralizing Nuclear Waste – About 18 min.

    United States Senator Harry Reid: Amend the Nuclear Waste Policy Act

  18. Andy 1 year ago

    Ummm… that map that apparently shows, “Sinkings and incidents in the Mediterranean Sea, involving ships which are suspected of having carried toxic and radioactive waste” has land based points on it? Land based ship incidents?

  19. anonymous 1 year ago

    What areas are the least contaminated in the world? I live in Vancouver, B.C., have stopped eating fish, wonder how contaminated other food sources are now, not only locally, but from the west coast.I am seriously considering moving…

  20. Steve Mattoc 1 year ago

    Maybe its time we slowed down a bit and start being a bit more responsible for the condition of the Environment. We cant afford to sustain this rate of destruction without facing a major disaster.

    • Steve Mattac – All we can do now is minimize exposure to radiation. Get our own Geiger counter and test everything ourselves.

  21. Jona 1 year ago

    This is extremely painful to see.

  22. zak 1 year ago

    i live 10 miles down river from the Hanford site listed above. Have lived here my whole life. Have swam in that river for thousands of hours in my lifetime. Have drank water and eaten food from the river my whole life. So just the fact that this site makes the list for most dangerous completely discredits the entire article…. no one is dying of radiation here….. damn scare tactic whores….

    • Mikey 1 year ago

      Right On, David. These BS articles do nothing but scare people into being anti-nuclear. People living in brick homes are being exposed to radiation from the natural occurring uranium in the bricks. Coal plants pump more radiation into the atmosphere than nuclear plants from natural occurring uranium in the coal. WHERE’S THE OUTRAGE? WHERE’S THE PROTEST? More Nukes, Less Kooks!

  23. David Glover 1 year ago

    Jim Humble has a protocol that eliminates radioactivity. He has approached many governments
    in his attempts to help with this situtation. The governments are not interested.
    I just wonder why they are not interested in neutralizing radiation. Don’t you ?
    It can be done.

    • Mikey 1 year ago

      Does that come in spray or wipes? WHAT A JOKE!

  24. federalreserve 1 year ago

    I am confused as to how new zealand did not make the list, 2378-TCDD X 50 years radiomimetic saturation is why NZ has the worlds highest cancer rates.

  25. It is expected that people might “start thinking about maybe potentially beginning to consider caring about this situation” once the radiation from FUK-U-shima starts reaching the west coast of the US and Canada in increasing concentrations.

    Of course, the US and Canada have shut off all of the west coast radiation alarms “so we don’t create a panic” (as we’re irradiated.) If the worst case scenario plays out–which wouldn’t be a terrible shock to anyone who has even a basic understanding of the situation–we should have probably evacuated the west coast as soon as the first round of still births happened on the west coast…about two weeks after the initial reactor explosion.

    “Oh, well…it’s not in the news every day any more, so it must be over” right?


    It’s been “leaking” 300,000 gallons of radioactively contaminated water since the event first occurred.

    And people wonder why I always spell it FUK-U-shima…

  26. Pronuclear (ONLY WAY TO GO) 1 year ago

    Fear mongering is big business, don’t believe everything you read. Fukushima Chernobyl are unfortunate accidents, but this article total horse s**t! The people responsible for this type of rhetoric are generally in it for recognition and capital only; depending on patzies like a lot of you to spread their message and fill their pockets.

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      Jim Lee 1 year ago

      We have no advertisers, only accept donations, and you sir are very rude. How about you explain how all of these references are wrong, and then read this:

      Tepco “Radioactive material may be coming up from the sea bottom of the plant port”
      Posted by Mochizuki on December 29th, 2013
      Note : If you are from the international mass media, Don’t read this site before taking a contact with me.

      Following up this article.. Cesium-137 level increasing in plant port since this June [URL]

      In the press conference of 12/27/2013, Tepco’s spokesman stated there is a possibility that radioactive material may be coming up from the sea bottom.

      Regardless of the underground wall to stop contaminated groundwater flowing into the sea, Cesium-137 density has been increasing in the port since this June.

      If radioactive material is actually coming up from the sea bottom, the underground wall would be useless.

      In mid December, Tepco measured the significant level of Cs-134/137 at 25m underground. Penetrating contaminated water may be coming up from the sea ground in various location even outside of the port.

      (cf, Radiation from 25m underground → Cesium-134/137 density increased 2.9 times within 8 days/ Tepco not to analyze Sr-90 [URL])


      Iori Mochizuki


    • Judith Taylor 1 year ago

      Pronuclear – this is not horsesh*t as you put it but the truth verified scientifically and peer reviewed. I happen to live close to the South African radioactive site where we have tested the levels using the expertise of two independent scientists. One of them is a nuclear scientist

  27. Hugh Jass 1 year ago

    Pronuclear is correct, this article is fearmongering at its finest. What people don’t seem to realize is that the entire universe is radioactive. Without radioactivity, there would be no life as we know it. Sure, radiation can be dangerous, but cheeseburgers can be even more deadly. The reason you won’t read about this is because cheeseburgers aren’t as scary, so the fearmongering is not as profitable.

    • Profile photo of Jim Lee Author
      Jim Lee 1 year ago

      My focus is squarely on pollution, and in my humble opinion, cesium-137 is at the very least ONE of the MOST dangerous chemical compounds on the planet. Even though its storage is highly regulated, these ten horror stories of environmental pollution are the tip of the iceberg.

      Your pathetic attempt to claim I have a profit motive may be telling us your intentions: is this article hurting your profits?

      So to save you some time and insults, could you explain which part of the information provided is erroneous, and give references.

      Thank you.

  28. Shawn 1 year ago

    and yet no lessons have been learned? countries just keep on dealing with the stuff not caring if they kill their own citizens as long as they can take out a lot of enemies! ignorance is bliss they say?

  29. T. Essner 1 year ago

    I’m so effing scared right now. It seems like all of earth is already heavily poisoned by radioative waste … and it’s some high-dosed, high potential stuff, and spreading numerous invisible diseases.

    • Profile photo of Jim Lee Author
      Jim Lee 1 year ago

      Don’t be scared, be proactive. Research methods to keep yourself cancer free, we are. It’s more likely that your cellphone will hurt you more than Fukushima radiation, unfortunately nobody knows for certain and even if they say they do, know that they are speculating as well.

  30. Lilly White 12 months ago

    In the 1950’s Admiral Rickover the father of atomic energy promised that nuclear power would provide energy that was too cheap to measure. That was the beginning of the lies.Since then cancer rates have steadily climbed turning cancer treatment into big business. Pro-nuke idiots are in denial while the worlds people and environment suffer the consequences.

  31. Bing 10 months ago

    I almost never comment, but i did some searching and
    wound up here Ten Most Radioactive Places on Earth Mapped Out [GRAPHIC]
    – Climate Viewer News. And I do have some questions for you
    if you don’t mind. Is it simply me or does it give the impression like some of the responses look as if they
    are left by brain dead people? :-P And, if you are posting on additional places, I’d like to keep up with anything new you have to post.
    Could you make a list of the complete urls of your
    communal sites like your Facebook page, twitter feed, or linkedin profile?

    • Profile photo of Jim Lee Author
      Jim Lee 10 months ago

      All of my links are available on my homepage: http://climateviewer.com/rezn8d
      My social media sites are under the heading “Stay connected”
      Brain dead people? I plead the Fifth.

  32. PEUPLES OBSERVATEURS 7 months ago


    Please looking for trafic toxic waste in Africa and particulary Togo. West Africa



  33. Radium 4 weeks ago

    @ Aaron, no he’s right.. while you, him, and most people in the world, might not be the people in mind, the world revolves around money & power, especially Russia, China & USA have done everything to gain power & money with zero regard for nature and the world that surrounds us, and continues to do so, while refusing to sign agreements to combat the factors that could save us. You can continue to be as ignorant about it, as you want if it makes you feel better, but in reality your comment only shows arrogance, as you completely fail to see the bigger picture. It isn’t about selfhate, it’s not even a question, humans are the biggest killers of everything in regards to our planet.

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