• Phil Tanny
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    The following image shows the impact of a 1 megaton nuclear explosion on Raleigh.

    Estimated fatalities: 136,800

    Estimated injuries: 254,270

    Map from NukeMap by Alex Wellerstein.

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    Right click on image and open in a new tab or window for a larger map.

    An interactive map for this city is available here.

    Here’s a simplified description of the blast zones that result from a nuclear detonation. A more detailed description is available on the NukeMap website.

    Fireball: Yellow zone at very center of display. Everything in this zone is vaporized.

    Moderate Blast Damage: Next zone from center, colored gray. Most residential buildings collapse, injuries are universal, fatalities are widespread.

    Thermal Radiation: Next zone from center, colored yellow. Third degree burns extend throughout the layers of skin, which can cause severe scarring or disablement, and can require amputation.

    Light Blast Damage: Largest zone, colored gray. Windows can be expected to break, causing many injuries in a surrounding population who comes to a window after seeing the flash of a nuclear explosion.

    Here’s a video which describes the impact of a nuclear explosion on a city.

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