Chernobyl 'Safe' For Another Century Thanks To World's Largest Moving Structure

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Over 30 years after a botched test at the Soviet nuclear plant sent clouds of smoldering nuclear material across large swathes of Europe, the world's largest land-based moving structure has been slid over the Chernobyl nuclear disaster site to prevent deadly radiation spewing from the stricken reactor for the next 100 years.

Rising 360 feet into the air with a span of 850 feet and length of 540 feet, the shield is tall enough to cover the Statue of Liberty and longer than two Boeing 777 jets placed end to end.

As Yahoo reports, a concrete sarcophagus was hastily built over the site of the stricken reactor to contain the worst of the radiation, but a more permanent solution has been in the works since 2001.

Easily visible from kilometers away, the 36,000 tonne 'New Safe Confinement' arch has been slowly pulled over the site over the past four days to create a casement to block radiation and allow the remains of the reactor to be dismantled safely.

On Tuesday, a ceremony was held at Chernobyl to mark this major milestone in the decades of work to secure the site that has been funded by donations amounting to over 2 billion euros ($2.1 billion) from over 40 countries and organizations.

"Let the whole world see today what Ukraine and the world can do when they unite, how we are able to protect the world from nuclear contamination and nuclear threats," Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said.

The structure, which resembles a vast aircraft hangar, has been designed to withstand extreme temperatures, corrosion and tornadoes.

A first for modern engineering, CNN notes that the Chernobyl shield is the largest moveable, land-based structure ever built, according the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), which manages funding for the international project.

The arch-shaped steel structure was assembled nearby and moved more than 1,000 feet into position with the help of a special skidding system of hydraulic jacks that pushed the mammoth shield one stroke at a time.


"Many people had doubts and didn't believe... However, I congratulate you, dear friends. Yes, we did it," said Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko during a ceremony at Chernobyl commemorating the event.

Chernobyl itself, obviously, remains a ghost town...

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Boris Alatovkrap's picture

… and large enough is to cover advance development of military technology from spying NATO satellite!

buzzsaw99's picture

that and secret hockey practice.

General Decline's picture

Now all they have to do is build one of those inverted beneath Fukushima to stop the radiation from leaching into the sea. 

Save_America1st's picture

yeah...30 years later and still trying to contain deadly radiation...

5 years now since Fukushima and it's still spewing unimaginably massive amounts of radiation into the atmosphere and Pacific ocean, yet the best thing the Japs can come up with is some bullshit "ice wall" to "contain" or "cool" the same shit that spews from our Sun.  Good luck with that, bitchez.  LOL 

Thanks a lot, assholes.  At the rate they're going at containing that place, the aspect of a real Godzilla mutant monster crawling out of the Pacific is becoming more of a reality by the fucking minute.

Transformer's picture

Uhhh, did they make one for Fukishima?  Chernobyl pales in comparison to the danger that Fukishima repesents.

Jim Sampson's picture

Shut the door...  You're letting all the radiation out!

RogerMud's picture

Shut the door... You're letting all the radiation in!


detached.amusement's picture

Stone says the mossad blew that up on purpose

Ranger4564's picture

Isn't Fuku a manmade disaster with multiple agendas? Depopulation, and punishment for Japan thinking of joining BRICS leaving the dollar? And maybe even more.

detached.amusement's picture

hm, if they did not know that the american made rods would be a problem...


yeah, let's test it out and fire it up and go get some coffee...and maybe some marshmallows...

Raffie's picture

Russia is know for making things big.

Wonder if Russia created Teaxs. hehe

Makes me wonder.

Raffie's picture

Everything is Texas is big.

It is a local saying there.

ArtOfLife's picture

A French joint venture made this structure.

snr-moment's picture

now THAT would make sense.

readyforit's picture

But is there a Starbucks?

dogbreath's picture

Boris Boris Boris


You are so paranoid

buzzsaw99's picture


Clock Crasher's picture

Brilliant Light's liquid silver solar capture technology!

Very impressed with this engineering feat.

WTFUD's picture


snr-moment's picture

by a dome preventing radiation from emmiting skyward?

Muad'Grumps's picture

Now they have to build one to warehouse all the sovereign debt on CB balance sheets that will have to be rolled into perpetuity.

Boxed Merlot's picture

...the sovereign debt on CB balance sheets that will have to be rolled...


2.1B frn?  Are you kidding me? The USA Fed Gov goes through that in 12 hours.


Perspective, my dear man, perspective.



Muad'Grumps's picture

Oh we ain't seen nuthin yet. Next time around expect the Fed balance sheet to ballon to 20T.

Justin Case's picture

merica needs it the most, the rest of the space can be leased out.

Team_Huli's picture

If you need some caulking around the edges, the Clintons have offered to donate their bodies.

Pelosi has offered hers, but there has already been one melt-down.

Evil Bugeyes's picture

Isn't that kind of like closing the barn door 30 years after the horse has bolted?

buzzsaw99's picture

i read some time ago a projection that when the roof of the sarcophagus collapses it would raise a cloud of radioactive contamination comparable to the original event.

francis scott falseflag's picture

Fill the sarcophagus with carbon tennis balls and it won't collapse.

francis scott falseflag's picture

Fukushima porn .  Buckey balls and hot particles.  it kinda turns me on.

Still I may move to Murmansk in the spring.

sinbad2's picture

The radiation will turn the concrete to dust, they will have to  build a new sarcophagus every so often.

For Russia, the US covertly invading Ukraine has been a Godsend financially, now the US will have to pay the bill.

techpriest's picture

According to the article, they'll need to build the next one in ~100 years.

francis scott falseflag's picture

Putin continues to run rings around the CIA

Apofigei's picture

"funded by donations amounting to over 2 billion euros ($2.1 billion)", at the same time Poroshenko personal wealth increased by the same amount, where the total materials design and building budgeted 10k grivna using the slave workforce.

44magnum's picture

The needs of the few outweight the needs of the many. That was in some movie.

Nobodys Home's picture

One down. One much harder to contain to go.

buzzsaw99's picture

the japanese are hopeless.

ParkAveFlasher's picture

Maybe they could build one around Japan.

buzzsaw99's picture

i know next to nothing about nuclear power plants and i could do a better job than the japanese. the russians could surely come up with a better plan than what the japanese have but the japanese will never allow it.

sinbad2's picture

Japan is still medieval, all the big corporations are still Samurai(nobility) they are not much different to the Saudis, a prince doesn't need to be smart, and the Japanese peasants would not dare question their betters.

Kidbuck's picture

I worked with a guy who maintained some nuke power plants in Vermont. He says the vermont reactors are situated in precarious places and more at risk than those in Japan were.

Dg4884's picture

Only 23,970 years to go before all is safe.  What a clusterfuck.

radbug's picture

I heard once that Russians (and Ukrainians?) have the attitude that "if it can go wrong, it won't go wrong!" Keep it renewable, guys!!! Don't touch nuclear!!!

exartizo's picture

Much easier and cheaper just to avoid nuclear reactor core meltdowns altogether imho.

oh yeah.

maybe not.

buttmint's picture

..we need to employ Ukraine engineers to build a similar shield to safely encase the deadly CLINTONITIS affecting and irradiating America. 

Genby's picture

There are no qualified engineers in Ukraine anymore. All are gone.

Hope Copy's picture

All their work was in Russian, now Russian language is outlawed for all government use and propagation.  Chernobly was from the USSR and thu a 'shared' responsibility, or had Russian enngineers work on the project (probably as the majority). Poroshenko is disingenious in the use if the term 'we' instead of directly lauding the actual contributors and state actors.