Sarcophagus For the Exclusion Zone

Sarcophagus For the Exclusion Zone

A huge sarcophagus is being built at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. When the work is finished in 2015, the great arch structure will be taken to the existing “Shelter” on rails and fixed over it. During the first stage of assembly works about 5000 tons of steel was lifted at the height of twenty two meters (72 ft).

When fully assembled the sarcophagus dimensions are 257 x 164 x 110 meters (843 x 538 x 361 ft). Its total weigh is going to be about 20 000 tons.

Sarcophagus For the Exclusion Zone

This is the entrance to the destroyed reactor of the Chernobyl NPP, the Kiev region, Ukraine. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

Sarcophagus For the Exclusion Zone

The truck has brought the necessary components of the future sarcophagus. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

Sarcophagus For the Exclusion Zone

The worker is going to the construction site. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

Sarcophagus For the Exclusion Zone

(AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

Sarcophagus For the Exclusion Zone

Giant structures are being lifted. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

Sarcophagus For the Exclusion Zone

(AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

Sarcophagus For the Exclusion Zone

This is the finished part of the future sarcophagus. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

Sarcophagus For the Exclusion Zone

It’s the empty street of Pripyat. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

Sarcophagus For the Exclusion Zone

(AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

Sarcophagus For the Exclusion Zone

This used to be a kindergarten. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

Sarcophagus For the Exclusion Zone

(AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

Sarcophagus For the Exclusion Zone

(AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

Sarcophagus For the Exclusion Zone

(AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

Sarcophagus For the Exclusion Zone

The “girl” is sitting at the kindergarten. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

Sarcophagus For the Exclusion Zone

(AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

It’s time to say good-bye to the ghost city.

17 thoughts on “Sarcophagus For the Exclusion Zone”

  1. Why to say good bye to the ghost city? It won’t be repopulated after the new sarcophagus is finished. It will remain a ghost city forever.

      • That’s a shame, I’d have loved to visit Pyripat after College but it looks like it’s going to be nothing but rubble by then. They should keep some of the buildings as a reminder/tourist attraction.

  2. I am glad there is enough money to finish the project. Its scary to think what happens when they cut corners because of lack of funds. The worst part is the same people who are responsible for the accidents also cover it up. They pretend nothing is wrong, let it go out of control, and it is too late

    • it will be nice to see that maybe pripyat will be habitable again, but it would be sad to say goodbye to such a famous ghost city, its like a national landmark!!, albeit one of a disaster…

      • I agree 100% it’s a huge landmark and reminder of the sacrifice the Cleaners made to ensure the Contamination would not spread. They should at least leave a block of apartments, the hotel, amusement park and the Community Center. Something similar to the Hiroshima Monument of the destroyed building.

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