Chernobyl’s arch: Sealing off a radioactive sarcophagus

Chernobyl disaster

Chernobyl disaster (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’ve managed to get back onto WordPress but how long for???  So a few blogs to catch up on.  This was an interesting story on 26th November.  It’s only been 27 years since the Chernobyl disaster but at last it looks like the radioactive site is being encased.


Silent killer
kickstarts geiger
triggers click-click, click-click race.

Plutonic ash,
flakes of Hades dew,
Charon’s mutant snow defaced.

Nuclear glow
gnaws, corroding through
the bole, life’s core erased.

Steel-capped dome.
Chernobyl sealed,
Atomic home of toxic waste.

Melt-down tomb,
uranium smelt.
Future’s shadowed doom encased.

26th November 2013 – headline from the BBC

Notes:  “Chernobyl’s arch: Sealing off a radioactive sarcophagus.”  Work began in recent days to remove, bit by bit, the giant chimney protruding from the Chernobyl nuclear power station. It’s one small part of a mammoth engineering project, now nearing completion, designed to slash the risk of another major release of radioactivity.  Massive and glittering in the weak winter sunshine, a half-built arch looms over Chernobyl’s decaying industrial landscape of cooling towers and power lines.  One of the biggest engineering projects in history, it has been likened to a gigantic metal igloo, built to seal off hundreds of tons of nuclear fuel and dust buried inside reactor number four, which in 1986 blew up and burned for 10 days.  Everything about the project is epic: the size, the 1.5bn euro (£1.2bn) cost, the technical problems of working on a radioactive building site.


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