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Title:

Radiological Disasters: What’s the Difference?

Authors:
Tara Kirk Sell, Kate Gilles
Date posted:
November 30, 2012
Publication type:
Article
Publication:

Biosecur Bioterror 2012;10(4):412-416

Publisher:
Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.
DOI:
10.1089/bsp.2012.1026
Availability:
Open access
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Introduction:

Radiological disasters can take many forms. While they all share a general hazard—radioactive contamination— it is important for policymakers to understand how radiological incidents differ from each other in order to make more informed decisions about preparedness and response. This brief provides a general overview of 3 different types of radiological disasters: a terrorist nuclear detonation (often referred to as an improvised nuclear device, or IND), radiological dispersal devices (RDDs), and a nuclear power plant disaster.

 

 

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