It is located in Kazakhstan.
Kazakhstan is the ninth biggest country in the world. But few people know that Kazakhstan is among the beauties of nature hides the most radioactive lake in the world. It is the result of a thermonuclear explosion, produced in 1965 at the test site 100 km South-West of Semipalatinsk. Chaganskoe the lake was a part of a program to study the use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, such as the creation of reservoirs and canals, the drilling of oil wells and the rapid movement of large masses of land.
Yes will be a blast
The explosive device was laid in the floodplain of the river Chagan at a depth of 178 metres. When it blew up, formed a crater with a diameter of 430 meters and a depth of 100 meters. In the spring of 1965, a funnel connected to the channel of the river Chagan channel, filling it with water.
Atoms for peace
The program is the use of “peaceful nuclear explosions” was borrowed from the USA, which carried out its own tests for the same purposes, and received the name “Nuclear explosions in the interests of national economy”. But if the United States stopped testing after 27 attempts (the last was held in 1977), when results ceased to justify the effort and money that the Soviets continued to test until 1989 and produced a total of 156 nuclear explosions, before you give up.
The lake of death
Chaganskoe the water in the lake is very polluted – water pollution by a total radioactivity of nearly a hundred times higher than permissible value. There are no fish, wild animals and birds don’t come here to drink. Swimming is prohibited for obvious reasons. There is evidence that water from the lake is now drained into the river Irtysh.
When an experiment to create an artificial lake failed, the Soviet government was satisfied with the results and very proud of Chaganskoe lake. The person responsible for the Soviet program of creating a nuclear weapons – Minister of medium machine building Efim Slavsky was captured on film while swimming in the lake.
Chernobyl on the water
Chaganskoe lake is a popular place among tourists that it is often known as “Atomic lake”. To view the radioactive lake and surrounding areas, all visitors must wear protective clothing and masks. On a hill, accessed by a rough dirt road, hides a concrete bunker control center.