Gargantuan dome to keep Chernobyl safe for generations
Dec 10, 2016
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The world’s largest metal moveable structure will be unveiled to keep safe the Chernobyl nuclear power plant’s in Ukraine to ensure the safety of future generations across Europe.
- The giant arch — nearly as long as two football grounds and taller than New York’s Statue of Liberty — will edge into place over an existing crumbling dome that the Soviets constructed in haste when disaster struck three decades ago on
- The Chernobyl accident in 1986 was the worst nuclear disaster event which was result of a flawed reactor design that was operated with inadequately trained personnel.
- It was the worst nuclear power plant accident in history in terms of cost and casualties.
- It occurred during a hurried late night power-failure stress test, in which safety systems were deliberately turned off.
- It is one of only two classified as a level 7 event (the maximum classification) on the International Nuclear Event Scale, the other being the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in Japan in 2011.