The after effects of Chernobyl, which is now a barren ghost town
Radiation Poisoning: Radiation poisoning is rare, but serious, it damages your body from a large amount of radiation being absorbed in a short amount of time. The amount absorbed determines how sick someone will get.
Nausea- Within the first hour, most people with radiation poisoning will become nauseous and vomit, this happens earlier depending on how much radiation the victim was exposed to.
Spontaneous Bleeding- Victims can start to bleed from the mouth, nose, and gums. This is because radiation depletes the body of platelets so the fragments in the blood that stop bleeding don't work.
Burning Skin- The areas of exposed skin will blister and turn red, almost like a sunburn. Some of it may even fall, or 'slough' off.
Hair Loss- Radiation damages the hair follicles, so victims who are exposed to large doses will start to lose hair within two to three weeks. This sometimes is permanent.
Lowered Immune System- Because red and white blood cells are damaged, infections can be transmitted easier.
Making Chernobyl safe for the future
A new structure is being built to keep the additional toxic material from spewing out of the reactor. Resembling an aircraft hangar, the shelter was slid into place over the Chernobyl nuclear disaster site in Ukraine, 2016. The shelter, or 'arch', is the world's largest land-based moving structure.
The arch, which was designed more than two decades ago and has been under construction since 2010, covers the deteriorating steel and concrete structure that had been hastily built after the explosion- The new structure, which is about 500 feet long, has a span of 800 feet, 350 feet high is designed to last at least a century.