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"My counter is passing milliroentgen milestone," says Elena Filatova as she uses her Geiger counter to measure the land surrounding the Chernobyl Power Plant, and thus her own radiation exposure as she travels through the evacuated zone. Chernobyl was destroyed in a meltdown and fire on April 26, 1986, spreading radiation throughout the world. Photo by Elena Filatova.

April 27, 2008