New York City Example: Summary

While this simulation of a 150 kiloton nuclear explosion contains many assumptions, and the uncertainty associated with any of the estimates is large, a number of points stand out:

  • 20 square miles of property destruction ( 2 psi.),
  • Eight hundred thousand killed, nine hundred thousand injured,
  • Additional damage from post blast fires,
  • Coordinated national rescue and recovery effort necessary.
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