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26 April 1986: Chernobyl Accident
Tschernobyl The reactor disaster in Chernobyl in the Ukraine occurred on 26 April 1986. Large amounts of radioactive material were released which distributed over the northern hemisphere. The radioactive contamination in the affected areas resulting from this varied considerably, depending on the occurrence and level of precipitation during the drifting of the radioactive air masses. As a result of the Chernobyl accident many countries have updated their programmes for the protection of the population from radioactive radiation. more...

No sunburn during springtime: UV-newsletter starts on April

Winter is over and everybody enjoys outdoor activities every free minute they have. However, the power of the sun is easily underestimated right during the first sunny days of the year. So, a barbecue with friends at noontime may not only bring grilled food but also sunburn to your skin.

The so-called UV-index shows when sun protection is required. It indicates the power of the sun’s ultraviolet radiation. The higher the UV index the stronger the UV radiation and the earlier sunburn will occur. The UV-prognosis shows the daily UV-index published on the internet by BfS from April until September every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. more...
Best paper of the year award for uranium miners study

Researchers from the Federal Office for Radiation Protection (Bundesamt für Strahlenschutz, BfS) received the best paper award from the German preventive medicine journal “Arbeits-, Sozial- und Umweltmedizin (ASU) — Zeitschrift für medizinische Prävention“ for their scientific work on the health effects of uranium mining. The award recognises, among others, the “importance to the scientific community” and the “traceability of results”. more...
Emergency response provisions: Implications for German nuclear power plants

Effective dose for adults due to external radiation and inhalation for 30 days based on the meteorological data for December 2010. It was assumed in the simulation that a German nuclear power plant releases radioactivity for 15 days. Analysis of the off-site emergency response provisions for German nuclear power plants based on the experience gained from the Fukushima accident

What is the impact on man and the environment when radioactive substances are released for a certain period of time? The Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS) has simulated a nuclear accident whose radiological effects are similar to those observed in the Fukushima-Daiichi accident on the basis of case studies. The aim is thus to answer the question whether the existing German emergency management concept is prepared for a radiological emergency situation resembling the Fukushima-Daiichi accident. more...