Springtime In Sievertstown

A group of eggheads from the University of Bristol planned the greatest Spring Break of all time. They loaded up the truck and moved to Chernobyl.

Last month, researchers from the University of Bristol mapped that radioactivity in a comprehensive survey of a fraction of the exclusion zone, uncovering surprising hotspots local authorities had no idea existed.

One specific feature that held the researchers’ interest was the 10-square-kilometre (4 square miles) Red Forest – a dense woodland of dead pine trees near the ruins of the old reactor. The forest weathered the brunt of the station’s cloud of debris, and to this day contains some of the most intense patches of radioactivity you’ll find anywhere on Earth’s surface.

Amid the rusting remains of an assortment of vehicles in an old depot, radiation levels surge magnitudes beyond anything found nearby, providing any daring visitor with a year’s worth of sieverts in the space of a few hours.

So it’s the perfect setting for the Democrats’ 2020 presidential debates! Not for nothing, but did these scientists actually believe the radiation would have subsided after thirty-three years? The fact some places are worse should be a lesson to the next generation of Einsteins.