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The Most Dangerous Object On Earth That Can Kill In Two Days Just By Being In A Room With It For Five Minutes

You don't want to be stuck in a room with that thing!

Elephant's Foot

This may be the most hazardous object on the earth, capable of killing you in two days if you spend five minutes in a room with it.

Yes, that sounds dramatic. And with a name like that, the 'Elephant's Foot' is not something we should mess about with.

According to science magazine Nautilus, just 30 seconds of exposure to the object causes dizziness and weariness.

Two minutes and your cells will begin to hemorrhage; four minutes and you will have vomiting, diarrhea, and fever; and if you do 300 seconds, you will only have two days to survive.

While you may not know what the object is, the location may not surprise you: it was discovered in a basement in Pripyat, Ukraine, the site of the Chernobyl nuclear tragedy in the 1980s.

The 'Elephant's Foot' is essentially a large black mass of hazardous waste, with the potential to be the most harmful item of rubbish in the world.

Elephant's Foot. (Universal History Archive/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)
Elephant's Foot. (Universal History Archive/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

Emergency teams fighting the 1986 disaster eventually made it into a steam corridor beneath failed reactor Number 4, where they discovered black lava that had seeped directly from the core.

They knew not to approach the radiation, but cameras were shoved around the corner and captured the deadly mass.

Since the tragedy, the room has been referred to as the 'Elephant's Foot of Chernobyl' because the radioactive mass that gathered here resembled the wrinkled foot of the massive animal.

The item is said to be around one metre in size, made of concrete, sand, and melted nuclear fuel, and weighs about two metric tons.

According to readings obtained at the time, the still-hot section of the molten core discharged enough radiation to kill a human in 300 seconds.

Despite the fact that this dangerous object was discovered in the 1980s, it is expected to remain radioactive for tens of thousands of years.