Credible effects of a nuclear disaster

Talking about nuclear disaster most people would probably come to think about the accident in Chernobyl 1986.Experts at the WHO has described the accident as follows “The magnitude and scope of the disaster, the size of the affected population, and the long-term consequences make it, by far the worst industrial disaster on record.”[1]It is impossible to tell where or even if a disaster like this will ever happen again, but still if it does happen, most people would probably agree that you like to be as prepared as possible. With this in mind this study has tried to look at credible effects of a nuclear disaster in Sweden.To get a grip of the consequences caused by a nuclear disaster this study has been performed as a comparative study, where research results from the Chernobyl accident presented by IAEA and WHO has been compared with actual circumstances in Sweden.When starting out the author of this thesis had a picture of a nuclear accident as the ultimate disaster that will bring death and destroy enormous areas of land and water for many years to come.However as this study proceeded many of the effects of a nuclear accident might not be as horrifying as they might seem.Saying this, it does not in any way mean that a nuclear accident…


1. Introduction
1.1 Theory & field of research
1.1.1 Risk analysis
1.1.2 Learning from history
1.1.3 The Disaster Management Cycle
1.1.3 Law (1984:3) about Nuclear Activity § 10 and §11
1.2 Problem
1.3 Purpose
1.4 Limitations
1.5 Method
1.6 Comparative study
1.7 Interviews
2. Background
2.1 Location
2.2 Evacuation
2.3 Economy
2.4 Environment
2.5 Urban environment
2.6 Agricultural environment
2.7 Forest environment
2.8 Aquatic environment
2.9 Human exposure
2.10 Health
2.11 Thyroid Cancer
2.12 Leukemia
2.13 Other types of cancer
2.14 Psychological effects
2.15 Reproduction and malformations
2.16 Cardiovascular effects
2.17 Immunological effects
2.18 Death
2.19 Political consequences
3. Results
3.1 Economy
3.2 Environment & People
3.3 Location of Swedish Nuclear plants
3.4 Health effects & Evacuation
3.5 Food
3.6 Politics
3.7 The Risk
4. Analysis
4.1 Economy
4.2 Environment
4.3 Food
4.4 Human exposure
4.5 Politics
4.6 Evacuation and Health effects
5. Discussion
6. Conclusions
6.1 The different subjects
6.2 Economics
6.3 Environment
6.4 Health
6.5 Politics
6.6 The Risk
6.7 Suggestions for further research
7. References
7.1 Books & Reports
7.2 Internet
8. Appendix 1
8.1 Appendix 1 Special Drawing rights (SDR) (Derived from IMF home page)
8.2 Appendix 2
Mail received from FOI December 2009-12-15

Author: Werlin, Ola

Source: Sodertorn University

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