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Chernobyl's Reactor Was Just Covered In A Giant Steel Shield

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CHERNOBYL, Ukraine — A massive shelter has finally been installed over the exploded reactor at the Chornobyl nuclear plant, one of the most ambitious engineering projects in the world.

The half-cylinder-shaped shelter began being moved toward the reactor on a system of hydraulic jacks two weeks ago and reached its destination Tuesday, a significant step toward liquidating the remains of the world's worst nuclear accident, 30 years ago in what is now Ukraine.

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The New Safe Confinement (NSC) structure covers the old sarcophagus surrounding the damaged fourth reactor at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, in Chernobyl, Ukraine. (Photo: REUTERS/Gleb Garanich)

Workers will now begin dismantling unstable parts of the original cover, the so-called sarcophagus, which was built over the reactor shortly after the explosion to contain radiation.

The new shelter is 275 metres wide and 108 metres tall and cost 1.5 billion euros, according to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

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