Unformatted text preview: O Nuclear explosions can be millions of times more powerful than the largest conventional explosions. O Nuclear explosions create much higher temperatures and much brighter light flashes than conventional explosions, to the extent that skin burns and fires can occur at considerable distances. O Nuclear explosions are accompanied by highly penetrating and harmful radiation O Radioactive debris is spread by a nuclear blast, to the extent that lethal exposures can be received long after the explosion occurs. The power of a nuclear explosion is expressed in terms of its relationship to TNT due to the enormous power possessed by a single nuclear weapon, the explosive energy available is equivalent to thousands of tons (kilotons) or even millions of tons (megatons) of TNT. For example, if a nuclear explosion releases energy equivalent to 7,000 tons (6 million kilograms) of TNT, it is called a 7 kiloton blast. 7,000 Tons of TNT = 7 Kiloton Blast...
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- Spring '10
- Nuclear weapon, Nuclear explosions, largest conventional explosions