A device used to clear radioactive waste in the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in the Soviet Union was recently found.
According to the Daily Star, part of the excavator still remains in Pripyat, Ukraine, after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. Archaeologist Rob Maxwell was the one who found the excavator's claw , thought to have been used to clean up nuclear waste when the Chernobyl nuclear power plant had a problem.
'Many things here can still kill you if you touch them for long enough , ' Maxwell told News.com.au. 'This claw is obviously the most dangerous thing because it still retains the trace of radiation'.
Maxwell then approached and used radioactivity to prove it. ' If I asked if I was worried, yes, I was always worried about getting close to these things.'
The handheld device that Maxwell brought with him also informed about the signs of radiation. According to Maxwell, the amount of radiation on the device is 39.80 microsieverts, compared with the normal level of 0.17.
'This device will remain here and emit radiation for thousands of years,' Maxwell added.
The explosion of the No. 4 nuclear reactor at Chernobyl on April 26, 1986 created the worst radioactive disaster in history. The area has so far been abandoned even though the creatures have begun to reproduce again.