April 17, 1996: A worker at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant takes a reading of radioactivity inside the “tomb” encasing the ruined fourth reactor. Readings here in 1996 were 800 roentgens per minute, one-tenth of what they were by the “elephant’s foot” – the tangled mass of concrete and steel at the right of the nuclear fuel which melted in the accident. (Stringer/Reuters)
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