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The War that Never Was

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For more than forty years, the threat of nuclear armageddon hung over the world, and only faded from consciousness following the fall of the Berlin Wall and the implosion of the Soviet Union. Although the threat of nuclear war no longer occupies the publics attention, other threats have arisen to take their place. The Cold War left a legacy on the United States, the Soviet Union, and the entire world. Although some may argue that the negative effects of the cold war outweigh the positive, some good and some bad came from the Cold War. Living in fear is nothing that anyone wants to go through. Especially when that fear is so drastic as nuclear war. Not only death, but the possibility of the annihilation of the entire human race was at hands throughout the Cold War. The legacy of nuclear war left behind by the Cold War is one that would never leave.

On November 16th, 1952, the United States dropped the first Hydrogen bomb over a point slightly north of Runit Island. The bomb was dropped by a B-36H bomber and was thousands of times stronger than most atomic bombs. By the following year, the Soviet Union tested their first, and by early the 1970’s, another seven nations had succeeded in their own tests.

There are four stages following the detonation of nuclear bombs. The first is named the Flash and Fireball, which is the effect of a flash bright as the sun and the immediate burning of objects nearly nine miles away. Around two miles away, deadly x-ray pulses are sent out. People within about 50 miles of the bomb will be blinded if looking at the proceeding fireball, and those about 6.2 miles away will be extremely burned. The next stage of the nuclear bomb is nicknamed the blast. It occurs at the same time as the Flash and Fir...

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