The high content of thorium in the surrounding sands of Kerala has led to a high level of background radiation for the whole state. Scientists say that there is no immediate danger to the local population - at least, there is no evidence of direct exposure. However, here the radiation is 30 times higher than the average parameter in the world.
The surroundings of the Semey city have become a testing ground of the Soviet Union: there are about 456 explosions of nuclear bombs according to only publicly available information. At that time the population of the region exceeded 1.5 million people, who fully experienced the devastating effects of the test. Hundreds of thousands people were exposed to direct radiation. The frequency of cancer of residents in this area is three times bigger than the average level of the country.
Residents of Mailu-Suu laughingly say that they already accustomed to live near the dump radioactive waste. This cemetery is the largest in the whole of Central Asia: locals jokingly discuss plans to drive to his entrance fee. About 2 million cubic meters of radioactive materials were buried around the city. The territory of death shielded only rated a fence of barbed wire, which was stolen and sold for scrap in the first six months of existence. To make matters worse, the area tectonically active, and the burial ground is located above the town. Another earthquake could easily flood the entire Mailuu-Suu radioactive waste.
In 1966, the US Air Force bomber collided refueling aircraft in the air. B-82 was carrying a cargo of four nuclear bombs, one fell not broken, a second sank in the Mediterranean Sea, but the third and fourth worked flawlessly. The incident was in a folder with top secret stamped. Only in 2008, after a long investigation closed, the government came up with the official information about the crash half a century ago.
About 15,000 people still live in Shinkolobwe, the city which actually served appendage of local uranium mines. Officially dangerous mine was closed in 2004, and now a large part of the population of Shinkolobwe is forced to work on the illegal extraction of ore, which is carried out here regardless of any decision.