By Ellie-Louise Style
Nuclear Power Plant disaster site gets a new arch to prevent the spewing of toxic material.
The arch is to cover up the deteriorating steel and concrete sarcophagus, which was first designed two decades ago and has been in the making since 2010.
In total it cost Ukraine and Russia $1.5 billion and weighs around 32,000 tons.
The arch is 500 feet long and has a span of 800 feet and is 350 feet high, which is larger than the whole on Wembley stadium including all of its car parks.
It has been designed to risk any further contamination from the radiation that has previously leaked from the site, and to prevent any additional spewing of toxic material from the stricken reactor.
However the rest of the exclusion zone will still remain uninhabitable. Due to the radiation levels that still linger around after the world’s worst nuclear power plant disaster that happened in April 1986 and resulted in steam explosions and fires, which then released 5% of the radioactive core from the power plant into the atmosphere. Killing 2 workers and 28 more people died from radiation poisoning.
Many more people are still affected today from the radiation, as there’s an increase in people with cancer and other diseases, as the accident contaminated parts of Ukraine, Belarus and Russia.