Watch: Covering of Chernobyl nuclear disaster site

This week, one of the world's largest engineering operations has come to an end- placing a huge steel arch over the reactor that exploded in the Spring of 1986 in Chernobyl.
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The source of the biggest nuclear incident in history, the number 4 reactor in Chernobyl, was covered today by a giant steel arch that will entirely prevent any leakage of nuclear radiation. The arch will block the reactor and the sarcophagus- a concrete structure built immediately after the accident by the Soviet regime.

The steal arch is the biggest moving ground-structure ever built and cost approximately 1.5 billion dollars. Its height is 108 meters, length 162 meters, width 257 meters and weighs 36 thousand tons. The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development is the project’s biggest sponsor.

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The accident at Chernobyl’s number 4 reactor happened during the night on April 26, 1986. Approximately 50 people were killed directly from the explosion but thousands died due to radiation exposure over the years and thousands more still suffer from medical issues caused by the leak.  

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