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Unit 4 Nuclear Threat 4-5 Shock Wave Effects On Air Pressure The resultant shock wave from a nuclear explosion can destroy buildings and other structures for miles around. For example, .25 miles (0.4 km) away from a 10 kiloton blast, the air pressure could exert an excess force of over 5 pounds per square inch (psi). This 5 psi (0.35 kg/cm 2 ) "overpressure" is the same as a force of over 180 tons (160,000 kg) slamming against the side of a typical two-story house. At the same
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Unformatted text preview: place, there would be a wind of 160 miles per hour (260 km per hour). Although your body could withstand overpressure up to 30 psi (2.1 kg/cm 2 ), the winds accompanying an overpressure of as little as 2 to 3 psi (0.15 to 0.21 kg/cm 2 ) could blow people out of a typical office building....
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