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Chernobyl in Ukraine: pictures from Welcome to Chernobyl sign, the Old Sarcophagus, and the New Sarcophagus.

Chernobyl in Ukraine: Welcome to Chernobyl sign
Chernobyl in Ukraine: Welcome to Chernobyl sign.

Chernobyl is the site of the worst Nuclear Disaster in history. In 1986, the Chernobyl power plant in Ukraine exploded and released large amounts of radioactive material over Europe. The nearby town of Pripyat was completely evacuated: the town of 48000 became the world largest ghost town within 36 hours. This is the entrance sign. Shortly after this sign is your first of several checkpoints that you must go through.

Chernobyl in Ukraine: the Old Sarcophagus
Chernobyl in Ukraine: the Old Sarcophagus.

Currently the Old Sarcophagus is leaking radiation and this picture was taken from the safe zone some 300 meters away from it. When the new Sarcophagus is completed, it will be slid over the top of this one. Robots will be sent in to dismantle the old sarcophagus.

Chernobyl in Ukraine: The New Sarcophagus
Chernobyl in Ukraine: The New Sarcophagus.                                                                           All pictures above © rock-runner.com

To prevent the spread of radiation 30 years ago, a makeshift cover was built over the top of the reactor. It was well known that it was a temporary fix. This is the new sarcophagus that is being built in an international effort. It is taller than the Statue of Liberty and has a base wider than that of the Eiffel Tower. It is being built on rails and being built from the top down. When the top section is completed it is raised up and work on the lower sections begins. Once it is completed, it will be slid over the old sarcophagus.


 

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Chernobyl in Ukraine: pictures from Welcome to Chernobyl sign, the Old Sarcophagus, and the New Sarcophagus. Selected pictures from Kiev and Chernobyl.