The Effects of Nuclear Weapons

Nuclear explosions produce both immediate and delayed destructive effects. Blast, thermal radiation, and prompt ionizing radiation cause significant destruction within seconds or minutes of a nuclear detonation. The delayed effects, such as radioactive fallout and other environmental effects, inflict damage over an extended period ranging from hours to years.

Contents

Introduction
Introduction to Nuclear Weapon Effects
Learn about the fundemental aspects of nuclear weapons.
Blast Effects
Blast Effects of Nuclear Weapons
Most of the initial damage produced by a nuclear explosion comes from the blast effects.
Thermal Effects
Thermal Effects of Nuclear Weapons
Approximately 35 percent of the energy from a nuclear explosion is an intense burst of thermal radiation.
Radiation Effects
Radiation Effects of Nuclear Weapons
There are several kinds of radiation emitted from a nuclear explosion including gamma, neutron, and ionizing radiation.
Long-Term Effects
Long-Term Effects of Nuclear Weapons
In addition to radioactive fallout there are long term effects on the atmosphere and climate.

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