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Cleaning up the two worst nuclear disasters

A tourist takes a picture of Chernobyl Reactor No. 4 (Photo by Masayuki Kozono)

CHERNOBYL Three decades after their lives changed forever, the surviving residents of the area around Chernobyl still cling to the memories of their old homes.

On April 30, the square only a few hundred meters from the destroyed reactor bustled with smiling tourists taking pictures. "Let's get one in front of Reactor No. 4," said one of the visitors. At 0.005 mSv/hour, radiation levels no longer require visitors to wear protective gear.

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