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Giant shield to cover Chernobyl nuclear reactor for 100 years

The installation of a new sarcophagus arch has begun in Ukraine’s Chernobyl, at the site of the largest industrial nuclear disaster in world history. 

The huge dome is 108m high and almost 260m long. The construction weighs 36,000 tons. It will cover the fourth reactor, rocked by explosion in 1986, which resulted in a massive nuclear fallout.

The construction and installation is financed by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. The facility will become operational at the end of November 2016. Experts say that it should last for about 100 years.

Belarus, which border is near the nuclear reactor, suffered dramatically from the 1986 fallout, with large territories in the south still suffering from its consequences: health problems and poisoning of agricultural lands.

Giant shield to cover Chernobyl nuclear reactor for 100 years