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INTRIGUING! See The Deadliest Lake In The World, You Can Die By Just Standing By it🤯

   
   

INTRIGUING! See The Deadliest Lake In The World, You Can Die By Just Standing By it🤯

Lake Karachay, sometimes spelled Karachai or Karachaj, was a small lake in the southern Ural mountains in central Russia.

INTRIGUING! See The Deadliest Lake In The World, You Can Die By Just Standing By it🤯

The name karachay means “black water” or “black creek” in several Northwestern Turkic languages, including Tatar.

Starting in 1951, the Soviet Union used Karachay as a dumping site for radioactive waste from Mayak, the nearby nuclear waste storage and reprocessing facility, located near the town of Ozyorsk.

INTRIGUING! See The Deadliest Lake In The World, You Can Die By Just Standing By it🤯

   
   

According to a report from the American Institute, Worldwatch about nuclear waste, this 45-hectare, uncrowded, shallow expanse of natural water is probably the most polluted place in the world.

In fact, Lake Karatchay has accumulated 4.44 EBq (exabecquerels which is the International System’s unit to measure radionuclide activity) of radioactivity.

This is an extremely high level which isn’t very far off the levels from the Chernobyl catastrophe in 1986 (12 EBq within 10 days).

It’s said that spending just one hour next to the lake can cause instant death which is a worrying remark from the NRDC (an American non-profit organization dedicated to protecting the environment), who in 1990 reported that the radiation level in the region around the lake was 155 Ci/kg per hour (curie per kilogram), which is more than the lethal dose – enough to kill a human in just an hour.

INTRIGUING! See The Deadliest Lake In The World, You Can Die By Just Standing By it🤯

So, the lake has obviously had disastrous effects on the health of the people who live around it, including leukaemias, cancers, and other disabilities.

For many decades, the levels have been increasing, despite measures being taken to stop them from doing so.

At the end of the 1960s, following a drought period, the wind carried radioactive dust which has subsequently affected around half a million people.

INTRIGUING! See The Deadliest Lake In The World, You Can Die By Just Standing By it🤯

To stop this from happening again and stop the amount of sediments from increasing, 10,000 concrete blocks were thrown into the lake between 1978 and 1986.

However, as the magazine Ouest France explains:

“since radioactive waste started being stored in the lake, the number of cancers in workers and residents in the region has increased by 21%. Birth defects have increased by 25% and leukaemias by 41%”.

As of December 2016, the lake’s status is completely infilled, using special concrete blocks, rock, and dirt.

It had been completely backfilled in November 2015, then monitored before placing the final layer of rock and dirt.

   
   

Monitoring data showed “clear reduction of the deposition of radionuclides on the surface” after 10 months.

A decades-long monitoring program for underground water was expected to be implemented shortly after.

   
   

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