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Shockwave of Atomic Bomb Impact!! Must see! (Trinity and Beyond)

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Published on Jun 19, 2009

Approximately 1 second after the burst, intense heat caused this house to be covered with a thick black smoke that ceased within 2 seconds without igniting the house. The house had been given, as Glasstone states, "a white exterior finish in order to reflect the thermal radiation and minimize the chance of fire." It was also equipped with metal venetian blinds and roofed with light-gray asbestos cement shingles, instead of common black asphalt shingles.

These factors made it far less susceptible to ignition than a common wood dwelling. Several seconds after detonation, the blast wave arrived and totally demolished the house, as recorded by a high speed camera

The most apparent external damage was that the doors and windows were blown out and the roof damaged. As Glasstone states, this house "was badly damaged both internally and externally, but it remained standing. ... Although complete restoration would have been very costly, it is believed that, with the window and door openings covered, and shoring in the basement, the house would have been habitable under emergency conditions."

People would have tended to experience cuts from glass fragments and, as Glasstone states, "possible fatal injuries from flying debris or as a result of translational displacement of the body as a whole." Shelters in the basement were intact. At Hiroshima 2% of the population were killed and 25% injured in the 2 to 0.75 psi region.

In the history of warfare, only two nuclear weapons have been detonated offensively, both near the end of World War II.

The first was detonated on the morning of 6 August 1945, when the United States dropped a uranium gun-type device code-named "Little Boy" on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. The second was detonated three days later when the United States dropped a plutonium implosion-type device code-named "Fat Man" on the city of Nagasaki, Japan. These bombings resulted in the immediate deaths of around 120,000 people (mostly civilians) from injuries sustained from the explosion and acute radiation sickness, and even more deaths from long-term effects of ionizing radiation. The use of these weapons was and remains controversial.

Since the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings, nuclear weapons have been detonated on over two thousand occasions for testing purposes and demonstration purposes.

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