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Abstract

There is growing evidence that natural disasters can trigger technological disasters, and that these joint events (also known as natechs) may pose tremendous risks to regions which are unprepared for such events. The recent floods across Europe in the summer of 2002 and the multiple hazardous materials releases triggered by the Turkey earthquake of August 1999 were examples which showed the potential danger of a natech disaster occurring near populated areas. However, there is scarce information available on the interactions between natural disasters and simultaneous technological accidents.
This report aims to provide an overview of the natech problem, and to present the state of the art in natech risk management. The report identifies the main problems in natech risk management and emergency response, as well as proposes a set of key strategies for natech risk reduction.

Additional information

Authors: CRUZ A M, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for the Protection and the Security of the Citizen, Ispra (IT);STEINBERG L J, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for the Protection and the Security of the Citizen, Ispra (IT);VETERE ARELLANO A L, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for the Protection and the Security of the Citizen, Ispra (IT);NORDVIK J-P, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for the Protection and the Security of the Citizen, Ispra (IT);PISANO F, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for the Protection and the Security of the Citizen, Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 21292 EN (2004), 62pp. Free of charge
Availability: Available from European Commission, JRC Knowledge Management Unit, Ispra (IT) Tel: +39 033278 9893 Fax: +39 033278 5409 E-mail: jrc-publications-office@ec.europa.eu or Bruxelles (BE) Tel: +32 2 295 76 24 Fax: +32 2 299 63 22
Record Number: 200417760 / Last updated on: 2004-10-26
Category: PUBLICATION
Original language: en
Available languages: en