In 1986, a gigantic cloud of radioactive material burst from the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Station in the Ukraine, marking what has so far been the world’s worst nuclear power disaster. Over 100,000 people were quickly evacuated from the area around the facility, leaving behind everything and making an instant ghost town of Pripyat where most of the workers lived.
The ground zero of the meltdown, the Chernobyl reactor, was covered with a hastily-built shelter meant only to last about 30 years. A massive new structure is being constructed in its place that will allow for the dismantling of the reactor and the removal of deadly radioactive waste that still contaminates the site.
The shelter, shaped like a gargantuan Quonset hut, will be 257 meters by 150 meters (843 feet by 492 feet) when completed and at its apex will be higher than the Statue of Liberty.