Watch Chernobyl's Huge Radiation Shield Slide in and Enclose the Damaged Nuclear Reactor

By Casey Chan on at

We already saw how the new $1.6 billion sarcophagus was going to be put in place, but here’s a time lapse showing the entire process.

The 843-foot wide, 354-foot tall steel shield entombs the radioactive material leaking from the damaged nuclear reactor left over from the Chernobyl disaster. Seeing the gigantic arch structure slide in shows what a feat of engineering this was. It’s a really, really, really snug fit.