The Digital Journalist
(Photo by: Gerd Ludwig / National Geographic)
CHERNOBYL, UKRAINE: As a result of northwesterly winds blowing during the time of the Chernobyl nuclear accident, the highest levels of contamination outside of the fenced and securely guarded area of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant are on and around the Prypyat cemetery. The radiation here averages 2.5 mR/h and reaches up to 5 mR/h in some hot spots. The forest alongside the graveyard was also contaminated, and ultimately destroyed by its subsequent vulnerability to accidental fires. Photograph shows photographer Gerd Ludwig and his assistant, Maxim Kuznetsov, holding their Geiger-Mueller counter.