Inside Chernobyl's Mega Tomb

Inside Chernobyl's Mega Tomb


In April 1986 a test on the number four reactor at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine went catastrophically wrong and the reactor exploded, releasing 400 times more radioactivity than the Hiroshima bomb. The wreckage was later enclosed in a vast concrete sarcophagus designed to last 30 years. Now, an international team of engineers has built an even bigger $1.5bn steel arch next to the reactor, to be slid into place over the ruins. It will be the largest structure ever moved on land, and this brilliantly detailed film follows the project and takes us inside the haunted ruins. It’s a nightmarish story, but fascinating.


Documentary following the construction of a 36,000 tonne steel structure to entomb the ruins of the nuclear power plant destroyed in the 1986 disaster. A team of international engineers race to build the new steel structure, but radiation levels make it almost impossible for workers to build right on top of the old reactor. The team face difficult challenges as they attempt to erect this new steel mega-structure and move it into place.

Cast & Crew

Director Martin Gorst
Executive Producer Carlo Massarella
Producer Martin Gorst