Articles | Volume 11, issue 5
Research article
11 May 2011
Research article |  | 11 May 2011

Investigations on natural hazards which trigger technological disasters in Romania

A. Ozunu, F. Senzaconi, C. Botezan, L. Ştefǎnescu, E. Nour, and C. Balcu

Abstract. Romania faces the challenges of a developing country preparing to cope with disasters, be they natural or technological. The paper entails comprehensive research on technological accidents triggered by natural hazards (so-called Natech accidents). The research is based on a survey conducted by the competent authorities on the Seveso II Directive in 2009. This survey enabled the identification of Natech hazards and their correlation with the vulnerability of local communities and infrastructures. The Natech hazards were analyzed also in terms of their inclusion in the emergency planning process, starting from the current legislation. The results indicate that the number of incidents (including Natech events) has significantly decreased subsequent to the appropriate implementation of emergency plans and safety reports.