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Europe Stages Nuclear Crisis Test

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posted on May, 11 2005 @ 03:57 PM
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Today more than 60 countries are taking part in a 36-hour test simulating a major accident at a power plant in Romania. Details are being kept secret to make the simulated accident as real as possible. Local residents were told to act as if the emergency were real.


BBC: Europe stages nuclear crisis test

Wednesday, 11 May, 2005




Nuclear experts are simulating a major accident at a power plant in Romania to test the global response to a disaster. More than 60 countries are taking part in the 36-hour test, organised by the UN atomic energy agency and centred on the Cernavoda nuclear power station.

The test began at 0600 (0300 GMT) when nuclear fuel was said to have spilled from a pipe in the core of the reactor.

Full details are being kept secret to make the simulated accident as real as possible for emergency teams.

Local residents were told to act as if the emergency were real, stay indoors and drink only bottled water.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

Are they preparing for a possible nuclear accident or a nuclear terror attack? I find this test very interesting and also the location they chose to have this test, Romania. I´m not sure if it is a good sign or a bad sign that they are having this test now. "Act as if this was real!". hmmm....

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[edit on 2006/4/23 by Hellmutt]




posted on May, 11 2005 @ 04:05 PM
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stay indoors and drink only bottled water sounds like they are preparing for something but drink bottled water maybe some1 dropped a bit of hazardous waste in a water supply and they dont want people drinking contamanited water . this may sound skeptical proberly cause it is




posted on May, 11 2005 @ 07:39 PM
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Some reports from the test.

BBC: Eyewitness: Nuclear accident test

two minutes past six on Wednesday morning, the mayor of Cernavoda, Hansa Gheorghe, received the phone call he had always dreaded the most.

A nuclear accident had taken place at the Cernavoda nuclear power station, only 3km from the centre of his town of 20,000 inhabitants by the river Danube in eastern Romania.

On the streets of Cernovada, police cars broadcast loudspeaker messages telling people to stay in their homes, close their windows and tune into radio and television to await further instructions. They were also told not to drink water or allow their animals to drink it from open sources.

It's now 13 hours after the accident.

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"It looks like Moldova and Ukraine will be affected by the radioactive release. Moldova may be affected already and it may reach Ukraine in three hours."

As the exercise continues, a diplomatic problem arises. Moldova's breakaway region of Trans-Dniestr has requested advice and assistance, but Moldova has not. How is the agency to respond?

Consultations continue. There is talk of bringing in the European security body, the OSCE.

In a nuclear emergency, no-one wants panic to break out.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.


[edit on 2006/4/23 by Hellmutt]



posted on May, 11 2005 @ 09:00 PM
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Wow 60 countries involved!! that one major test, hope they all pass.
Helmutt it's both good and bad news, bad that they feel something could happen and good that they are preparing ahead of time.

I was wondering how the citizens would go along with such a "major scale test", got my answer above, guess not all of them wanted to play along.

Police cars toured the streets with a megaphone message to people to stay at home, keep windows shut and drink only bottled water.

The BBC's Nick Thorpe, watching the exercise, said most people appeared to ignore the warning, knowing it was a false alarm.



posted on May, 12 2005 @ 02:50 AM
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Hope for the best, prepare for the worst, as they say.

It is good to be prepared for a situation like this, you never know what might happen. Knowing what to do exactly and having authority, military, police, firefighters, respond quickly and efficiently might save thousands of lives if a nuclear disaster ever happens.



posted on May, 12 2005 @ 03:40 AM
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They should have the same tests here in the states. Just to see how well we'll do in the event that anything nuclear should ever happen.



posted on May, 12 2005 @ 05:49 AM
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if there was a accident what chance do people in the area have ..most Govs keep it hushed up




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