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Record levels of UV measured in South America

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Record levels of UV measured in South America

Researchers have measured the highest levels of ultraviolet radiation ever recorded on Earth. And it didn’t happen in Antarctica where there are holes in the ozone layer. The world record, a UV index of 43.3, occurred in South America at the top of Bolivia’s Licancabur volcano in 2003, Yahoo News reports. While a UV index of 12 is considered dangerous, numbers in the 30s or 40s are considered much worse. The find is described this week in Frontiers in Environmental Science.

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