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Unformatted text preview: quantity of gamma radiation absorbed by the surrounding air and ground will create a quick pulse of electromagnetic waves. This pulse, called the electromagnetic pulse (EMP) , is not considered a biological hazard to people. However, EMP will severely damage electrical components attached to power lines or communication systems. Residual nuclear radiation arises mainly from the radioactive materials produced during the blast. These radioactive materials, like all radioactive materials, attempt to become stable by emitting gamma rays, alpha particles, and beta particles. Radioactive Fallout Even if individuals are not close enough to a nuclear blast to be affected by the energy yield, they may be affected by the resultant radioactive fallout. Any nuclear blast will result in some fallout. Explosions that occur near the earth's surface create much greater amounts of fallout than explosions that occur at high altitudes....
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This note was uploaded on 01/29/2010 for the course MPA mpa1 taught by Professor Scotts during the Spring '10 term at Acton School of Business.
- Spring '10