The Great Arch of Chernobyl

Nice, brief summary of the new safe confinement project that reached a significant milestone this week.

“The great steel arch that has been inched into place over the blackened and crumbling ‘sarcophagus’ containing the radioactive carcass of Chernobyl’s Reactor No. 4 is an extraordinary feat of human ingenuity. Resembling a vast, gleaming hangar, it was designed to withstand extreme temperatures, tornadoes and corrosion for at least a century, and it had to be built far from the toxic reactor and then slid, all 32,000 tons of it, into place.”



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