Impressive footage shot with a drone has revealed the giant arch made of steel that will cover a damaged reactor on the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. This comes almost 30 years after it became the site of the world’s worst nuclear disaster. The reactor, Reactor Four, exploded on April 26, 1986, releasing more radiation than the atomic bombs dropped on Nagasaki and Hiroshima during the Second World War. The project, during which the arch will be installed above the reactor, is due to be completed in late 2017. The 360-foot high, 850-foot wide structure, called the New Safe Confinement, will prevent the reactor from releasing more radiation. It will also protect it against extreme weather and other environmental impacts. By securing the site, where 2,800 people are currently working according to constructor Bouygues, the arch will also make it possible to dismantle the reactor later on.
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