Here's a comprehensive examination of the likely effects of nuclear war, and what can be done to save the earth and its inhabitants from them.
Everyone who wants to save the Earth has a part to play in preventing nuclear war.
Illustration by Fotolia/Leo Blanchette
Pressure and heat would directly or indirectly produce most of the casualties if a one-megaton bomb were detonated in the air over a typical U.S. city. 12 psi or greater (up to 2 1/2 miles): All but the most heavily reinforced concrete buildings are destroyed; 100% fatalities. 12 psi to 5 psi (2 1/2 to 4 1/2 miles): Frame and brick buildings are destroyed; combustible materials ignite spontaneously; 100% fatalities. 5 psi to 2 psi (4 1/2 to 9 miles): Some combustible materials ignite spontaneously; extensive damage to buildings; third-degree burns out to about 7 miles; greater than 50% casualties. 2 psi to 1 psi (9 miles to 13 miles): Some persons are injured by flying debris; loss of eyesight; burn and radiation injuries; immediate fatalities less than 25%.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS Staff
The destructive capacity of today's nuclear missiles dwarf that of the Hiroshima bomb.