Tonight SBS screens the doco, Building Chernobyl’s Mega Tomb, which looks at the ongoing aftermath in Chernobyl some 31 years after its catastrophic nuclear disaster.
On April 26, 1986, a catastrophic blast blew the lid off Chernobyl’s Reactor No.4. The explosion was 400 times more potent than the Hiroshima bomb, igniting fires that burned for 10 days and sending a radioactive cloud across Europe.
In the aftermath, ill-equipped workers heroically sealed the smouldering reactor in a concrete sarcophagus, but the hastily constructed shelter was only built to last 30 years.
Now, 30 countries including the UK, France, and the US, have come together to pay for a 1.2 billion Euro international rescue plan to build a mighty 25,000-ton steel shelter which will entomb the radiation and last for a century. Building Chernobyl’s Mega Tomb follows the team of international engineers as they race against time to build the structure over the disaster site.
Sunday, 19 March at 9.10pm on SBS