OPERATION CROSSROADS. ATOMIC BOMB TESTS. VOLUME 6, PART 1, APPENDIX IX.
Final rept. of Army Ground Group,
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Most of the damage caused by an atomic bomb burst in air is due to its heat wave and concussion effects, although within a few hundred yards some radioactivity, usually soon dissipated, is acquired by various types of material. When the burst takes place beneath the surface of the water, damage due to concussion and wave effects is limited to installations within close range, and a major consideration is the wide dispersal of persistent radioactivity. Author
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