On this Monday, Nov. 14, 2016, a picture of a bow-shaped shelter, the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, Ukraine, was started with the groundwork in the direction of the exploded Chernobyl reactor in what represents an important step in the direction of the liquidation of the remnants of the world’s worst nuclear accident.
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In the aftermath of the world’s worst nuclear disaster in the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in 1986, which resulted in the radiation that eventually as far as Japan and the united states, the Soviet Union struck together, a massive sarcophagus of metal and concrete as hurriedly as possible to contain further impact on the site of reactor 4.
With no welded or bolted joints and a leaking roof, which led to corrosion “accelerate its demise,” it was never seen as a permanent solution, reports Live Science.
The construction began on its huge replacement, the New Safe confinement in 2012. Now French consortium Novarka with 224 hydraulic jacks to slowly slide the steel structure 1,070 feet to cover, the ruins in the Ukraine.
(The site is too dangerous to build on.) “The start of the sliding of the Bow on reactor 4 … is the beginning of the end of a 30-year-long struggle with the consequences of the 1986 accident”, said the Ukrainian minister of environment and natural resources, according to the BBC.
At 354 metres high, 531 metres wide, and 843 feet long, the $1.6 billion arch is higher than the statue of liberty and the largest man-made structure ever to move across the country.
It must be the last 100 years and withstand a tornado. Next, the robot taps the sarcophagus apart and vacuum cleaners operated by external staff will remove radioactive dust.
The main sponsor of the project, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, plans to complete the installation on Nov. 29, reports AFP. (In the middle of Chernobyl is a ruin, a thing of value.)
This article originally appeared on Newser: Robots and Giant Sliding Dome last for the Sealing of Chernobyl
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