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On 26 April 1986 the Chernobyl nuclear power plant went out of control, leading to the destruction of the reactor core, fire and massive release of radioactive material. This continued for 10 days, resulting in the widespread distribution of airborne radioactivity across Europe and eventually at appreciable lower levels, throughout the Northern hemisphere.

The large transboundary effect of the radioactive cloud evidenced the need for fast information systems. Both the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Commission of the European Communities (CEC) set up a system to meet the requirements for early warning and exchange of information. Various activities in this framework (ECURIE, EURDEP) which were established and are being further developed by the CEC are described and discussed. .

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Authors: DE CORT M, JRC Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Article: Off-site Emergency Response to Nuclear Accidents (1995)
Record Number: 199512166 / Last updated on: 1996-01-26
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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