How This Lake in Northwest Asia Got Deadlier Than Chernobyl

  • Published on Jun 26, 2018
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    Central Russia, 1957.
    Villagers near the Southern Ural mountains were scared, they were terrified. Men claiming to be from the government had appeared out of nowhere, ordering people to leave their homes. Without warning, they started burying crops, and slaughtering livestock; their livestock. The villagers were in shock; they were confused. What was going on?...
    Points covered in the video:
    - Hiroshima & Nagasaki Atomic Bombings
    - The Soviet Union's early nuclear history
    - Joseph Stalin
    - Nuclear Arms Race
    - Nuclear weapons development
    - Mayak (Russia's first plutonium plant)
    - Chelyabinsk
    - Secret City of Chelyabinsk-40 or City 40
    - Lake Kyzyltash
    - Russian and US closed cities
    - Hanford Nuclear Plant
    - Secret City of Richland, Washington
    - Soviet spy rings
    - Manhattan Project
    - Techa River
    - Lake Irtyash (Plutonium Lake or The Lake of Death)
    - Lake Karachay (Lake Karachai, Карача́й)
    - Nuclear accident
    - Kyshtym Disaster
    - INES
    - Chernobyl Disaster
    - Fukushima Nuclear Disaster
    - Acute Radiation Sickness
    - Caesium-137 contamination
    - Ozersk (Ozyorsk, Озерск)
    - Radiation Poisoning

Comments • 5 399

  • Kento Bento
    Kento Bento  6 months ago +1905

    Crazy stuff happened in the Southern Ural Mountains. Anyone heard of these deadly lakes or nuclear accidents before? And let us know if you want us to continue with this storytime/illustration style!
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    There is also a documentary on Netflix called 'City 40' that covers the lives of the subsequent generations living in Ozersk after the Mayak disasters - what they had to go through and what their lives are like now (at least the ones that are left). Check it out if you want to know more.
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    • matdacat03 YT
      matdacat03 YT 3 days ago

      On some nuketown shit

    • Alex Greer
      Alex Greer 5 days ago

      You're so good at ad segways

    • Dodong Goldblum
      Dodong Goldblum 11 days ago

      can you make one about the bhopal union carbide tragedy?

    • Harshal Hatzade
      Harshal Hatzade 15 days ago

      Hey, some people still need to own a DNA Passport, because of the radiation due to the Nuclear Weapon Testing near Kyrgyzstan.

    • A Random indian
      A Random indian Month ago

      Kento Bento I’m not kento I am just Kent

  • TEAZY 503
    TEAZY 503 2 hours ago

    DUDE I LOVE YOUR VIDEOS! thank you

  • Real Official Nestea Totally Better Than Bepis.

    Good thing Canada doesn’t build nukes or buy they got non : D

  • _ Re _ _ ally? _ -_-
    _ Re _ _ ally? _ -_- 22 hours ago

    Fucking radioactive activities. Just bomb yourselves already!

  • Pig_catapult
    Pig_catapult 22 hours ago

    Possibly the least sensitive segue into a Brilliant or SkillShare ad I've ever heard.

  • Larry Rosenfeld
    Larry Rosenfeld 23 hours ago

    wow, that was a garbage transition to the sponsored message at the end.

  • Ano Nymous
    Ano Nymous Day ago

    Nuclear power is the strongest known force in universe and we do heat water with... -.-

  • Marie Hewett
    Marie Hewett Day ago

    Im horrified as i knew nothing of this. It beggars belief that all those people were living in such a highly contaminated area and had no idea. It is nothing short of terryfying. Thankyou for a very well researched and informative video

  • TeaLegend27
    TeaLegend27 Day ago

    Anyone else see a heart in the middle of the radioactive sign

  • Haz wizZrBLX
    Haz wizZrBLX Day ago


  • doger doge
    doger doge 2 days ago

    **korea left the chat**

  • KayJeyD
    KayJeyD 2 days ago

    Project purity wya

  • gordan orangutan
    gordan orangutan 2 days ago

    Fucking Russia, the most selfish and irresponsible country on earth. Followed closely by the USA they are not much better. If they hadn't of tried to win a war in one hit with a weapon humans should never posses we wouldn't have half the problems in the world

  • Liam Cockcroft
    Liam Cockcroft 2 days ago

    yeah i've read about this one, good vid

  • BorisGrishenco
    BorisGrishenco 2 days ago

    My ex GF is from Krasnoyarsk-45 also closed city near kranoyarsk ;))

  • EdgyBoi 666
    EdgyBoi 666 2 days ago

    Lmao just take some rad x

  • NateIsGaming
    NateIsGaming 2 days ago

    This is why russia should not exsit

  • Tom Keiffer
    Tom Keiffer 3 days ago

    I'm from Middletown, literally right next to TMI. I am told 6 fingers on a hand isn't normal?

    SAD GAMES 3 days ago

    America really is the worst thing to ever happen to this planet, it really is. Disgusting disgusting country, dropping a nuke on any country is just unacceptable, on civilians of all people, how is that not an attack of terror? They are the worst terrorists on this planet.

    • Tesis de Locura
      Tesis de Locura Day ago

      Did you forget what Japan did to koreans and chineses right?

  • matdacat03 YT
    matdacat03 YT 3 days ago

    On some.nuketoen shit

  • Adriana Aleksandrova

    Why are people so *dumb*
    *RUSSIA* you are disappointing me

  • dandycliff2
    dandycliff2 3 days ago +1

    Russia will be the death of us all.

  • Oskar Sundgren
    Oskar Sundgren 3 days ago

    What about my basement? 1:57

  • KalodexD
    KalodexD 3 days ago

    This all could’ve been avoided if America wasn’t the number one weapon makers, peace ha?

  • Mads V
    Mads V 3 days ago

    Interesting video!

  • nicoco berru
    nicoco berru 3 days ago

    Do you just sometimes think that, maybe those movies got it right? That humans are the real monsters? That maybe all of humanity should die to protect this earth?
    Because I do. A lot.

  • Jacob Stewart
    Jacob Stewart 3 days ago

    Dumbass Russians.

  • vf12497439
    vf12497439 3 days ago

    Richland was not a sealed city. There are three towns closer to Hanford than richland is...

  • Luke Azucena
    Luke Azucena 3 days ago

    the epic segway to the advertisement

  • Champis theBunny
    Champis theBunny 4 days ago

    An awful lot of Red Scare in this one. But that has come back into fashion of late. Do you have any proof the government of the time, simply, and arbitrarily executed people if they refused to work in the closed cities? The nuclear incidents of both the amero-zionist empire, and the Soviet Union, were, bad yes. This video, however, seems more interested in painting the Russians and their Gov't as unbelievably vile and murderous thugs, with less than no regard for human life. Thumbs down.

  • coco sori
    coco sori 4 days ago

    Wasn't this an episode in The Simpsons?

  • 4of92000
    4of92000 4 days ago

    why do all the radioactivity symbols have little hearts in them

  • Maddox Syed
    Maddox Syed 4 days ago

    this guy later gets sniped by Russian agents for releasing secret data

  • The Info Matrix
    The Info Matrix 4 days ago

    It sounds like horror movie

  • Joseph Morse
    Joseph Morse 4 days ago

    2:14 Send them to gulag.

  • Crowe Altius
    Crowe Altius 4 days ago

    is the guy in the thumbnail supposed to look like shinji from evangelion

  • hbarudi
    hbarudi 4 days ago

    Such a well covered up nuclear and radiation situation. Good to know about this situation and that they were not even isolating natural water from the reactor is a big environmental no-no. But the politicians didn't care at all and forced people into their bidding.

  • Riece Cardin
    Riece Cardin 5 days ago

    it was at that moment they knew they fuck up

  • MinecraftIsTrash
    MinecraftIsTrash 5 days ago

    My Village
    It's Our village

  • TheCasualNerd
    TheCasualNerd 5 days ago

    That segway though, brilliant

  • FitzP Official
    FitzP Official 5 days ago


  • Whoa
    Whoa 5 days ago +1

    maybe this is why most Russians think like idiots

  • Darth Vader
    Darth Vader 5 days ago


  • Soviet Comeade
    Soviet Comeade 5 days ago


  • atvkid0805
    atvkid0805 5 days ago

    Amazing, another fucking TVclip video with the last minute being promotional garbage. Have yourself a downvote.

  • Catsyumi
    Catsyumi 5 days ago

    This sounds a lot like a podcast called Limetown...

  • jule h
    jule h 5 days ago

    Is it because of all those nuclear disasters that Russians drive like crazy people?

  • GIngy507plays
    GIngy507plays 5 days ago

    12:46 is in Canada

  • Is That All Stranger

    just shows that governments have this much power, the soviet union could've chosen not to declassify this matter and keep on going, they were playing with half a million lives.

  • Entrippy
    Entrippy 5 days ago

    Someone, I'm not a scientist so I dont know, but why do we use uranium rods that can meltdown for long periods of time? Wouldn't many more tiny rods separated by more space still yield power? It wouldn't prevent a meltdown, and I assume much higher maintenance, but isnt that worth it? I mean there has to be an equation for how far a piece of critical uranium can melt through things based on its mass by now

  • not Vilmer
    not Vilmer 6 days ago +1

    Why is this in my recommended? part 30947326

  • thistubeisfucked
    thistubeisfucked 6 days ago +3

    In Soviet Russia water boils you

  • Joann Crystallis
    Joann Crystallis 6 days ago

    Ah, the race to become the strongest country than others really doesn't care about human casualties, do they??? - epic face palm - Fucking really?!

  • Marc Moncada
    Marc Moncada 6 days ago

    I guess I don't hate advertisement as much now that they act as solutions to problems introduced in the video..

  • George Washington
    George Washington 6 days ago

    Cheronbly is not that bad anymore compared to this

  • FrogChip
    FrogChip 7 days ago

    *Research Finished*

  • MYCS Racing Channel
    MYCS Racing Channel 7 days ago +1

    **Special Disease**
    Me: “You sure it isn’t Capitalism??”

    *(I’m Not Sorry)*

  • President of YouTube

    0:24 *MY CABBAGES*

  • Рафаэль Адилова

    This is what happens before the Chernobyl.

  • dionysus Leon
    dionysus Leon 7 days ago

    Damn that was a smooth transition into your sponsor

  • buskola
    buskola 7 days ago

    goverments are evil

  • Pretzel Pretzel snack

    So did no one notice the hearts inside the nuclear symbols on all the contaminated lake bit?(I bet someone did)

  • Pretzel Pretzel snack

    That one guy at the start with the peeling skin was becoming a ghoul

  • Not Korg
    Not Korg 8 days ago

    the only reason i love russia

  • Scout’s Shitposts
    Scout’s Shitposts 8 days ago +1

    Russia was on some Half Life 2 combine shit

  • Sibil Yanev
    Sibil Yanev 8 days ago

    Hey, you are very talanted in writing scripts leading naturaly to your endorsed products and services that support your channel. Very impressed and rarely see the transition so smoothly and logicly.

  • Mini Fag
    Mini Fag 8 days ago

    what is ligma?

  • Brotherline
    Brotherline 8 days ago

    напомни мне никогда не идти туда ...

  • LucTheCookie
    LucTheCookie 8 days ago

    I hate how people from the USA call themselves americans... I live in Brazil and Brazil is in America, so I live in America too, so i am an american just like who lives in Asia is asian

  • spycrab2
    spycrab2 9 days ago

    The sold video was an ad

  • jbsosa100
    jbsosa100 9 days ago +1

    Insane how humans can be both incredibly intelligent and extremely fucking stupid at the same time.

  • Helyx
    Helyx 9 days ago +1

    i kinda thought this was gonna be about tsar bomba lul

  • Android 27
    Android 27 9 days ago

    Thank you Russia. Very cool!

  • Stampli
    Stampli 10 days ago

    That sponsor segway at the end lol

  • xclimatexcoldxx
    xclimatexcoldxx 10 days ago

    In Russia you don't blow us up we blow ourselves up.

  • Ty Higgins
    Ty Higgins 11 days ago

    That ad transition was flawless

  • REDxStep
    REDxStep 11 days ago

    This feeling when you're living in chelyabinsk...

    *and never even knew about all of this nuclear shit happened nearby*

  • mrrandom
    mrrandom 11 days ago

    Anyone else notice the love heart radioactive symbol @6:30 ?

  • Captain Super D
    Captain Super D 12 days ago


  • Planes, Trains, Everything.

    Fascinating video. Thanks for sharing.

  • Navin Rajkumar
    Navin Rajkumar 12 days ago

    world first worst nuclear disaster that happened in America
    U should have mentioned on first

    • Navin Rajkumar
      Navin Rajkumar 12 days ago

      +videogamebomer he mention Japan plant
      Why he don't mention America

    • videogamebomer
      videogamebomer 12 days ago

      It's a video about Russia America has nothing to do with this.

  • lala jecko
    lala jecko 13 days ago

    Go to gulag now, my friend

  • Banana_King
    Banana_King 13 days ago

    Wait you want to tell me...
    After fucking nuclear disaster in nuclear facility next to that town you are allowed to get in there WHAT...
    Russia have some serious problems

  • Valeera
    Valeera 14 days ago +1

    Cant believe theres actually retards in the comments defending japanese in ww2 ,i would have bombed them 10 times over

  • creeper lover666 is
    creeper lover666 is 14 days ago

    so this is the real fallout

  • Hanzo Yamada
    Hanzo Yamada 14 days ago

    Don't mind me I'm here just appreciating the art style and his narration 😅😂👍👍

  • Ahmad Asyraf
    Ahmad Asyraf 14 days ago

    most secrecy operation. but still cia can dig it. how craziest it is!

  • ner0
    ner0 14 days ago

    ""Stolen", like the way you stole subtitling technology? Subtitle inventors must be rolling in their graves lol
    On an important note: Is there a precedent of similar collateral in the US? The tests on the face of soldiers are widely known, but that's very different from exposing civilians accidentally. From your video I take it that there were no major incidents like this on US soil.

  • Red Hook MMA
    Red Hook MMA 14 days ago

    13:12 *Brilliant* transition.

  • Reform School Kid
    Reform School Kid 14 days ago

    “...the lake referenced in the title... is not this lake...” I was hooked.

  • Canes Venatici
    Canes Venatici 14 days ago

    Would be better if you use pure actual photos and videos instead. Those drawings... let's say their not the very best.

  • country boy 1970
    country boy 1970 14 days ago

    It's funny how much soviet knowledge and tech they had to steal mostly from the U.S. and too from germany

  • 16CaldwellJ - James Caldwell

    City 40 sounds like a Half Life location.

  • Terlin1466
    Terlin1466 15 days ago

    :-( thats really really sad. Like why do people even live in this area still Destroy it already. let nature reclaim it and allow it to heal it self.

  • Shayan
    Shayan 15 days ago +178

    I hate it when the lake i swim in gives me an extra pair of testicles

    • Shayan
      Shayan 2 days ago +2

      viRgiNiTy iS stOReD in HaiRs

    • weeb trash
      weeb trash 3 days ago

      pOoP iS stOreD iN tHe eSopHagus

    • Shayan
      Shayan 4 days ago +2

      +weeb trash sPeRm iS stOrEd iN niPPleS

    • weeb trash
      weeb trash 4 days ago +2

      pEe iS sToreD in tHe balLs

    • 123 123
      123 123 5 days ago +3

      +Fucking Retard Kid your wrong, it gives you more pee

  • Dan1 yal
    Dan1 yal 15 days ago

    They got Ligma

  • Mariogamermlg Channel 2021

    Fallout U.S.S.R no vaults, great story line and amazing graphics

  • Betty Brown
    Betty Brown 15 days ago

    The ad ....

  • Snowmai 30
    Snowmai 30 15 days ago

    I watched a movie similar to this story

  • Tudor Chereji
    Tudor Chereji 16 days ago

    city 40 but why not city 17