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