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Chernobyl - The Aftermath

After the evacuation of Chernobyl on May 5, 1986, liquidators washed the radioactive dust off buildings and streets using a product called "Bourda," meaning molasses. The sticky decontamination fluid fixes the radiation to the ground after which liquidators then rolled the dried remains like a carpet and buried the nuclear waste. The liquid was the brainchild of a scientist named Kurchatov from the Institute of Nuclear Physics in Moscow. Today Chernobyl, which counted 15,000 inhabitants before the accident, now houses the administration of the 30km "off-limits" site and other personnel involved in the clean-up. (Photo by Igor Kostin/Sygma via Getty Images)
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