Flash Burn Casualties from Nuclear Explosions: Effects for Skin Coloration and Burns under Summer Uniform.
HARRY DIAMOND LABS ADELPHI MD
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Skin color is an important factor in flash burns from a nuclear explosion. Unless the skin is protected, second- and third-degree burns are suffered at ranges of several kilometers for a weapon yield of 300 kT, very-dark-skinned persons are at risk a full kilometer farther from the detonation than very-light-skinned persons. If evasive act is taken so that the skin is not exposed, severe burns can still be suffered under a summer uniform. Troops wearing summer uniforms become casualities at ranges where airblast and nuclear radiation are negligible. Author
- Nuclear Radiation Shielding, Protection and Safety