List of civilian radiation accidents

List Of Civilian Radiation Accidents

List of civilian radiation accidents

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This article lists notable civilian accidents involving radioactive materials or involving ionizing radiation from artificial sources such as x-ray tubes and particle accelerators. Accidents related to nuclear power that involve fissile materials are listed at List of civilian nuclear accidents. Military accidents are listed at List of military nuclear accidents.

Scope of this article

In listing civilian radiation accidents, the following criteria have been followed:
  1. There must be well-attested and substantial health damage, property damage or contamination.
  2. The damage must be related directly to radioactive materials or ionizing radiation from a man-made source, not merely taking place at a facility where such are being used.
  3. To qualify as "civilian", the operation/material must be principally for non-military purposes.
  4. The event is not an event involving fissile material or a nuclear reactor.

Before 1950s

  • Clarence Madison Dally (1865–1904) - No INES level - New Jersey - Overexposure of laboratory worker
  • Various dates - No INES level - France - Overexposure of scientists
    • Marie Curie (1867–1934) was a Polish-French physicist and chemist. She was a pioneer in the early field of radioactivity, later becoming the first two-time Nobel laureate and the only person with Nobel Prizes in physics and chemistry. Her death, at age 67, in 1934 was from aplastic anemia due to massive exposure to radiation in her work,Rollyson, Carl (2004). Marie...... ...
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