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The Effects Of A Nuclear Detonation

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Throughout history, the human race has strived to create tools and technologies that can accomplish tasks the human mind never thought possible; however, once these technologies fall in the wrong hands, they become true nightmares. Thanks to these malicious hands, beneficial tools such as fire, cars, and airplanes become napalm, tanks, and fighter jets, which serve no other purpose than to destroy. Such is also the case of nuclear energy, which later became the atomic bomb. Since then, this technology created by noble and ingenious minds has come to be the most devastating weapon ever used in war thanks to its large amount of destructive effects.
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This thermal radiation is especially dangerous since it can heat up the environment or objects within the blast radius to up to 3,000°C, which means that this effect can kill just as easily as the original blast wave. (Glasstone & Dolan, 1977)
Finally, the last effect that nuclear detonations might have is the resulting cloud of nuclear radiation that encompasses the area of the explosion for a radius of around 5 kilometers. (Aftergood & Pike, 1998) This cloud, composed of Alpha and Beta particles, Gamma rays, and neutrons is especially dangerous to living organisms because a high dose of these forms of radioactive particles could cause their death, even though it would take a week of exposure to do so. (Glasstone & Dolan, 1977) Also, because of the large amounts of particles that charge the air after a nuclear detonation, this final effect also causes a secondary effect known as “Nuclear Fallout” which is the settling of radioactive dust (AJ Software & Multimedia, 2013) that can cause cancer, and genetic mutations. (EPA, 2012)
Although humans do their best to create technologies that will be beneficial to those around them, close observation makes us see that history is filled with good intended inventions that have...

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