Nuclear Accidents On The International Nuclear And Radiological Event Scale

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Nuclear accident according to Article 1 of the Convention on Early Notification of a Nuclear Accident was defined as any accident involving facilities or activities from which a release of radioactive material occurs or is likely to occur and which has resulted or may result in an international trans-boundary release that could be of radiological safety significance for another state.1 In addition, International Atomic Energy Agency also sees it as an event that has led to significant consequences to people, the environment or the facility.2 However, it is easier to discuss nuclear accidents basing on the International Nuclear and Radiological Event Scale (INES) introduced by the IAEA where each accident is classified based on a number of criteria and indicator.3 There are seven nonzero levels on the INES scale, four of which starting from level four to seven is specific towards nuclear accident where it range from accident with local consequences, accident with wider consequences, serious accident and lastly major accident.3 Regardless of the classifications, it is without a doubt that all of the accidents whether they can be called as minor difficulties or fully deserve their place among the worst man-made disasters humanity has ever experienced, they had various catastrophic impacts on human and environments.
Each nuclear accident poses serious acute and chronic risks towards the immediate environments and chronic risk over a wider geographic area. Furthermore, the…
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