Hungary prepares in case of radiological accident in Ukraine

As news came in about the shelling of Ukraine’s Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, Hungarian officials reacted to the danger of an incident that could involve the release of radioactive material. Hungary Today, the Directorate General for Disaster Management (OKF) of the Ministry of the Interior advises the potential danger of a nuclear accident involving one of the Ukrainian power plants and what recommendations the Hungarian public has in case of radioactive contamination. I asked

Rafael Mariano Grossi, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said: statement On August 6, regarding the situation at the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine, he said: “We are very concerned about the shelling of Europe’s largest nuclear power plant yesterday, which poses a very real risk of a nuclear disaster. emphasized,” he said. Shelling continued in the vicinity of the plant over the next several days, with reports of damage to the plant’s power supply, even though the reactor itself was functioning without interruption. As far as the status of the Chernobyl power plant is concerned, information is sketchy, but no damage has been reported from the plant recently.

According to the Hungarian National Atomic Energy Agency’s own document, evaluationOf particular importance for Hungary, “All currently operating nuclear facilities in Ukraine are more than 300 kilometers away, the largest of which, the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant, is more than 900 kilometers from the Hungarian border. Due to the distance, in the event of an emergency, no event is foreseen that would justify public protection measures on Hungarian territory,” the statement said.

OKF’s own statement informs us of ongoing results Radiation monitoring in that country, and another websiteto advise civilians on how to act in the event of an accident involving radioactive contamination.

In response to our questions, an OKF spokesperson wrote that in the event of an emergency, the disaster management team would inform the public through various means, including press releases and press conferences. In addition to these, information can also be provided through central and regional websites, social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Youtube) and an emergency notification service called VÉSZ, a free downloadable smartphone application. . We will also notify the public through public service announcements on national and regional television and radio stations, including, if necessary, suspending broadcasts. According to the OKF statement, he could also notify citizens of the affected areas by SMS.

Featured photo: Monument to the Chernobyl nuclear power plant (Pixabay). Hungary prepares in case of radiological accident in Ukraine

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