World’s largest land-based moving structure to enclose Chernobyl

More than three decades after the worst nuclear disaster in history, Ukraine has slid a massive containment shield over the failed Chernobyl nuclear reactor.

Designed and constructed by the French firm Novarka, the hangar-like New Safe Confinement (NSC) structure aims to keep radiation from escaping the site for the next 100 years while nuclear engineers work to stabilize the area.

The disaster occurred in northern Ukraine in 1986, when a flawed reactor operated by inadequately trained personnel caused a steam explosion and fires that released more than five percent of the radioactive reactor core into the atmosphere. Some 50,000 people were forced to evacuate their homes, and an area the size of Luxembourg surrounding the site is still considered uninhabitable. READ MORE.