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UKRAINE, Chernobyl, 2005/04/01<br />
CHERNOBYL SARCOPHAGUS - The worst nuclear catastrophe in human history took place right here 20 years ago. The fourth unit of the Chernobyl power plant exploded on the 26th April 1986. Scientists estimated that radioactive debris blew up to an altitude of 1 kilometer and contaminated a substantial part of Europe, mainly Belarus, Russia and Ukraine. More than 35 000 soldiers of the Soviet Red Army were used as "biorobots" for the clean-up work on the the roof of the 3rd unit. About 600 000 so-called "Liquidators" helped to clean up the site and build a shelter (sarcophagus) above the broken reactor. Today the sarcophagus is full of cracks and holes. Scientists still have no comprehensive information on what is happening inside the reactor. There are concerns that rain water could trigger a new chain reaction (Chernobyl, 1st April 2005).<br />
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