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\"Leaking\" Chernobyl Sarcophagus repair work starts
\"Leaking\" Chernobyl Sarcophagus repair work starts [ Community -> Update ]
Posted by Mr. Teatime Sat 19 Feb 2005, 5:04 PM
In the "I'm glad I don't live there" category of news, work has begun to repair the 'Chernobyl Sarcophagus', a shell built to contain the radioactive debris of the Number 4 reactor at Chernobyl in 1986.
Workers will only be able to spend a few minutes at a time at the site, which is still spewing radiation, so they will have to plan out each step of the reconstruction in detail, the Vesti news program reported.


Repair plans include adding a second shelter around the old one. "Shelter 2" is a huge 19,800-ton steel arch designed to be assembled nearby, then slid into place on rails to minimize workers' radiation exposure. The sarcophagus is designed to last at least 100 years, providing improved conditions for further stabilization work and eventual cleanup of radioactive debris isolated inside. 

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