Some places on earth are extremely radioactive and should be avoided, as they pose a high risk to health. Radioactive substances are extremely harmful to the environment, animals and human beings. They cause a lot of diseases and body defects in people and animals which have been exposed to radioactive contamination. In fact, you would be shocked to see the effects of radionuclides. These 8 places are the most radioactive on Earth – read on to find out more:

Fukushima, , Japan

In 2011, a terrible tsunami and earthquake destroyed live and homes of many people on Japan. But the worst fallout was the melt down of three reactors of the Fukushima plant, which leaked an enormous amount of radiation in the sea and surrounding areas. Radioactive material was found 200 miles away from the plant. The Fukushima meltdown is considered to be the worst since Chernobyl.

Chernobyl, Ukraine

Chernobyl is the place where a nuclear accident of massive proportions took place. The resulting radiation affected 6 million innocent people, and the number of deaths is expected to be almost 93,000. The accident released radiation which was 100 times more than the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs. Belarus was the worst affected and its people have been dealing with increase in different kinds of cancer. There is an Exclusion Zone of 2,600 sq km surrounding the Chernobyl plant, where radioactivity is highest. Inhabitants’ and public access is restricted in this area.

Sellafield, UK

Sellafield is on the western coast of England and was a facility which produced plutonium for nuclear bombs, but later the plutonium was used for commercial purposes. Hundreds of accidents have occurred at Sellafield, and 2/3rds of the buildings have now been classified as nuclear waste. The plant releases a mind boggling 8 million liters of nuclear waste…