The Danger of Nuclear Weapons

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Nuclear weapons are the "most dangerous weapons on earth (2)." A bomb made back in the 1940s could destroy whole cities and leave behind deadly radiation. As technology has progressed, so has the destructive power of these bombs. Just in the 1960s, the Soviet Union had developed and tested a bomb that was well over 3,000 times as powerful as the Bombs in the '40s, and it would have caused third-degree burns to people standing over 60 miles away, and it broke windows as far away as Norway (4). Nuclear bombs can turn the world into a dystopia because of their destructive power, the ability to transport them and detonate them precisely, and the after-effects of the detonation. The initial blast wave and fireball are the most destructive part of a nuclear bomb. The fireball, just after the bomb is detonated, is about as hot as the center of the Sun (5, page 7). Anything flammable for miles can ignite, including gas lines. If there is enough material on fire after the blast, a "firestorm" can be created. This is when the fires heat up the air to cause enough wind to fan the flames, which creates a snowball effect (5, page 11). Not only is there a fireball, there is an initial blast wave as well. A blast wave is the combination of compressed air in front, followed by high winds. Depending on how powerful the initial blast is (which is the force that generates the wave), it can topple reinforced buildings in the immediate area, and wooden buildings at a distance. While humans have a high tolerance towards this type of air pressure, most of the casualties are from falling structures or rubble being tossed by the wind after the initial wave (5, pages 3 and 4). The control that people have over the detonation of the... ... middle of paper ... ...se buildings. To prevent this type of dystopia, more communication can be done on an international level so that countries can agree upon a better nuclear weapon policy. Our current policy lets 5 countries (the U.S., Russia, France, the U.K., and China) have nuclear weapons. However, four other countries have not signed on to the policy and possess nuclear weapons; North Korea, India, Pakistan, and Israel (3). The international community should agree on a stricter policy, so nuclear weapons are never used in war again. Works Cited 1) http://www.fas.org/nuke/intro/nuke/effects.htm 2) http://www.un.org/disarmament/WMD/Nuclear/ 3) http://www.nobelprize.org/educational/peace/nuclear_weapons/readmore.html 4) http://www.visualnews.com/2012/04/24/visualizing-the-frightening-power-of-nuclear-bombs/ 5) http://www.atomicarchive.com/Effects/effects1.shtml
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