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Greg McNevin is a talented photographer and tech journalist based in Sydney area, Australia. He works as a communications specialist covering climate change, energy, human rights and other environmental issues. In collaboration with Greenpeace, Greg visualized the radiations around Chernobyl and Fukushima by using a programmable LED. McNevin captured stunning long exposure photographs of affected areas, showcasing the live radiation data his counter was reading.

We found that places decontaminated by the authorities consistently exhibit radiation levels elevated above official guidelines.

– Greg McNevin

A special light painting technique reveals radioactive contamination in a forest bordering the Sato family house in Iitate. The forest has been decontaminated, but authorities only do 20 metres in from the edge, with everything beyond falling under the responsibility of a separate government agency. Forest beyond the 20 metre boundary is not decontaminated, leading to constant re-contamination of the lower forest and house that borders it. Here we see radiation levels between 0.97uSv/h and 1.4uSv/h, with yellow showing spots elevated above the government decontamination target of 0.23 uSv/h, and red showing above 1uSv/h.

A special light painting technique reveals radioactive contamination in a forest bordering the Sato family house in Iitate. The forest has been decontaminated, but authorities only do 20 metres in from the edge, with everything beyond falling under the responsibility of a separate government agency. Forest beyond the 20 metre boundary is not decontaminated, leading to constant re-contamination of the lower forest and house that borders it. Here we see radiation levels between 0.97uSv/h and 1.4uSv/h, with yellow showing spots elevated above the government decontamination target of 0.23 uSv/h, and red showing above 1uSv/h.

Light painting technique at the Sugano house in Ryozen, Date.

Light painting technique at the Sugano house in Ryozen, Date.

A special light painting tool displays radiation levels in real-time outside the home of Natalya Rueva, in the town of Starye Bobovichi, Russia.  Here white light shows contamination levels up to 0.23uSv/h, while orange highlights elevated levels – up to 0.36uSv/h around the family home.  30 years after the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster, the schoolyard still contains areas of elevated radiation levels.

A special light painting tool displays radiation levels in real-time outside the home of Natalya Rueva, in the town of Starye Bobovichi, Russia.
Here white light shows contamination levels up to 0.23uSv/h, while orange highlights elevated levels – up to 0.36uSv/h around the family home.
30 years after the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster, the schoolyard still contains areas of elevated radiation levels.

Radioactive contamination around a storage shed is revealed at the Sugano house  in Ryozen, Date, using a special light painting tool. Surrounded by orchards and forest, the Sugano's property was decontaminated by officials, but it is continually re-contaminated by the surrounding land which was not comprehensively cleaned. Here we see radiation levels between 0.24uSv/h and 0.34 uSv, with yellow showing spots elevated above the government decontamination target of 0.23 uSv/h.

Radioactive contamination around a storage shed is revealed at the Sugano house in Ryozen, Date, using a special light painting tool. Surrounded by orchards and forest, the Sugano’s property was decontaminated by officials, but it is continually re-contaminated by the surrounding land which was not comprehensively cleaned. Here we see radiation levels between 0.24uSv/h and 0.34 uSv, with yellow showing spots elevated above the government decontamination target of 0.23 uSv/h.

A special light painting tool reveals radiation levels at Soramame nursery school in Fukushima city.

A special light painting tool reveals radiation levels at Soramame nursery school in Fukushima city.

A light painting technique reveals radioactive contamination at a rice field in Onami, Fukushima. Here we see radiation levels between 0.22uSv/h and 0.40 uSv, with yellow showing spots elevated above the government decontamination target of 0.23 uSv/h. Onami was one of the very first areas to undergo decontamination work.

A light painting technique reveals radioactive contamination at a rice field in Onami, Fukushima. Here we see radiation levels between 0.22uSv/h and 0.40 uSv, with yellow showing spots elevated above the government decontamination target of 0.23 uSv/h. Onami was one of the very first areas to undergo decontamination work.

A light painting technique reveals radioactive contamination next to a school in Onami, Fukushima. Here we see radiation levels between 0.53uSv/h and 0.81uSv, with yellow showing spots elevated above the government decontamination target of 0.23 uSv/h. Onami was one of the very first areas to undergo decontamination work.

A light painting technique reveals radioactive contamination next to a school in Onami, Fukushima. Here we see radiation levels between 0.53uSv/h and 0.81uSv, with yellow showing spots elevated above the government decontamination target of 0.23 uSv/h. Onami was one of the very first areas to undergo decontamination work.

A special light painting tool displays radiation levels in real-time at a school in Starye Bobovichi.  Here white light shows contamination levels between 0.16uSv/h  and 0.26uSv/h.  30 years after the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster, the schoolyard still contains areas of elevated radiation levels.

A special light painting tool displays radiation levels in real-time at a school in Starye Bobovichi.
Here white light shows contamination levels between 0.16uSv/h and 0.26uSv/h.
30 years after the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster, the schoolyard still contains areas of elevated radiation levels.

A special light painting tool displays radiation levels in real-time at a school in Starye Bobovichi.  Here white light shows contamination levels up to 0.23uSv/h, while orange highlights elevated levels – from 0.30uSv/h to 0.65uSv/h around these trees and children's play house.  30 years after the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster, the schoolyard still contains areas of elevated radiation levels.

A special light painting tool displays radiation levels in real-time at a school in Starye Bobovichi.
Here white light shows contamination levels up to 0.23uSv/h, while orange highlights elevated levels – from 0.30uSv/h to 0.65uSv/h around these trees and children’s play house.
30 years after the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster, the schoolyard still contains areas of elevated radiation levels.

A special light painting tool reveals radioactive contamination. Here at the nursery school Soramame in Fukushima city the levels are very low, but this has not stopped the business profoundly suffering in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear meltdowns.

A special light painting tool reveals radioactive contamination. Here at the nursery school Soramame in Fukushima city the levels are very low, but this has not stopped the business profoundly suffering in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear meltdowns.

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