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The report states that disasters are always the result of an uncontrolled interaction between nature and socio-technological systems, and that they often result from the lack of a chain of control. The tables contained in the report provide various kinds of information on natural and technological disasters and include: (i) a compilation of data drawn from the CEC's handbook on major disasters recorded in the countries of the EEC between 1951 and 1990; (ii) an analysis of the number and type of incident, with a description of the corresponding environmental effects; (iii) an analysis of the ecosystems affected by the incidents; (iv) an analysis of the pollutants in the ecosystem; (v) a description of the environmental effects of the disasters; (vi) examples of industrial accidents partly caused by natural phenomena; (vii) an analysis of natural events grouped by their causative factors; (viii) the geographical distribution world-wide of industrial accidents and natural events; (ix) the geographical distribution in the EEC of industrial accidents and natural events; (x) an indication of the social control procedure established by the Seveso Directive.

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Authors: AMENDOLA A, JRC Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: Prevenzione dei Disastri Naturali, Ravello (IT), October 14-15, 1992
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper IT 37181 ORA
Record Number: 199211473 / Last updated on: 1994-11-29
Original language: it
Available languages: it