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Fukushima and Chernobyl accident - already 5 and 30 years respectively!

11 March 2016 marks the 5th anniversary of the triple catastrophe which marked the life of many residents of the Tohoku area of Eastern Japan:  a magnitude 9 earthquake off the east coast of Japan, which generated a tsunami that severely damaged areas along the coast and resulted in 15 891 deaths and 2579 missing people and the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear accident (an accident of magnitude 7 - the highsest - on the international scale of nuclear accidents).

26 April 2016 marks the 30th anniversary of the accident at the Chernobyl power plant in Ukraine, which resulted a large release of radionuclides, which were deposited over a very wide area, particularly in Europe and most particularly in Belarus, Northern Ukraine and part of Western Russia.

The SHAMISEN project aims to draw the lessons from the Chernobyl and Fukushima accidents and other major nuclear accidents around the world in order to make recommendations for immediate and long-term response to radiation accidents, aiming in particular to respond to the needs of affected populations while minimising unnecessary anxiety.

Nuclear emergencies cause major and long-term upheaval in the lives of those affected (including emergency and recovery workers, evacuees and residents of contaminated regions).

Some may suffer direct physical health impacts from radiation. Others may experience serious social and psychological consequences related to the immediate response to the accident (including evacuation and other exposure reduction measures), to long term measures (such as relocation and loss of home, social relations, work) and concerns and uncertainties about radiation levels and health.

As part of the OPERRA project, the objective of SHAMISEN is to
  • build upon lessons learned from experiences of populations affected by Chernobyl, Fukushima and other radiation accidents
  • and develop recommendations for medical and health surveillance of populations affected by previous and future radiation accidents.

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24 March, 2017, Paris
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