Chernobyl Disaster (1986)


The Chernobyl disaster was the worst nuclear power plant accident of the 20th century.

After a confluence of factors triggered the Chernobyl disaster, the Soviet government initially downplayed the scale of the event and stifled communication that could expose damages. With the land still inhabitable for at least 20,000 years, there is concern that modern autocratic regimes that are pursuing nuclear programmes will repeat the same mistakes.
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This special issue of the journal Process Safety and Environmental Protection (Volume 112, Part A, Pages 1-198, November 2017) includes ten closing papers from the Management of Nuclear Risk: Environmental, Financial and Safety project (NREFS) on Coping


This technical report explains the organization and implementation of the project on the Radiological Consequences in the USSR of the Chernobyl Accident: Assessment of Health and Environmental Effects and Evaluation of Protective Measures (International

International Atomic Energy Agency

The purpose of the CHARP review is for the IFRC to build its understanding of and capacity to best support its work towards preparing for and responding to nuclear and radiological accidents, as well as other technological disasters. The review aims to:

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

This paper examines the role of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR) in relation to technological disasters such as the Chernobyl accident in 1986. The authors highlight the importance of improving the scientific and public

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'When humans are removed, nature flourishes - even in the wake of the world's worst nuclear accident,' said Jim Smith, a specialist in earth and environmental sciences at Britain's University of Portsmouth. 'It's very likely that wildlife numbers at Chernobyl are now much higher than they were before the accident'...
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Results of the project 'Assessment of Environmental Risks in the Exclusion Zone along the Ukrainian and Belarusian Borders' were welcomed by representatives of Belarus and Ukraine and included a discussion of necessary follow-up steps to be taken by authorities in both countries. The importance of addressing forest fires in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone was highlighted as one of the priority areas...
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‘In places like Chernobyl and now in Fukushima, we need to prepare for the possibility of these catastrophic fires. And we need to invest in proper management of these areas so they don't go up in smoke,’ said Tim Mousseau of the University of South Carolina at Columbia, a co-author of the study…
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New research from the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry report warns: Western Europe has the worldwide highest risk of radioactive contamination caused by major reactor accidents...
Max Planck Institute for Chemistry (Otto-Hahn-Institut)

This publication, which highlights success stories and lessons learned, intends to raise awareness of the devastation that an environmental emergency can cause, and to promote advocacy and action in response, including the risk reduction perspective. As

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