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ID 30769
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creator
Hirabayashi, Kyoko
Matsuo, Masatsugu
Hiraoka, Takashi
Hoshi, Masaharu
Muldagaliev, Talgat
Apsalikov, Kazbek
NDC
Peace Science
abstract
The present paper has three aims related to important, direct experiences of the nuclear explosions among persons living near the Semipalatinsk Nuclear Test Site (SNTS). The first is to describe those experiences. The second is to examine their association with the radiation exposure. The third is to clarify their relationship with distance from the center of the nuclear test area. We examined responses to a questionnaire survey conducted from 2002 to 2005 and analyzed them using logistic regression analysis. The major results were: (1) approximately 94% of respondents reported having some direct experience from the nuclear tests; (2) approximately 66% of the respondents saw flashes, 50% felt the blasts, and 12% felt heat from the nuclear explosions; (3) the presence or absence of direct experiences from the nuclear explosions did not depend on radiation level but was associated with distance from the hypocenter of the SNTS.

This research is the first attempt to describe human experiences of the nuclear explosions at the SNTS. We briefly draw parallels between experiences near the SNTS and experiences among Hiroshima and Nagasaki A-bomb survivors. Our next goal in this study is to examine the relationship between direct experiences and psychological consequences of the nuclear tests in view of the fact that epidemiologic studies in Hiroshima and Nagasaki have indicated that direct experiences of the atomic bombings induced psychological effects among the A-bomb survivors.
description
核の被害再考
journal title
IPSHU研究報告シリーズ
issue
Issue 41
start page
55
end page
74
date of issued
2009-01
publisher
広島大学平和科学研究センター
issn
1342-5935
ncid
language
eng
nii type
Departmental Bulletin Paper
HU type
Departmental Bulletin Papers
DCMI type
text
format
application/pdf
text version
publisher
department
Institute for Peace Science
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