Radioactive Fall-Out Hazards From Surface Bursts of Very High Yield Nuclear Weapons, Sanitized Version
ARMED FORCES SPECIAL WEAPONS PROJECT WASHINGTON DC
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This paper presents an interim analysis and the problem of radioactive fall out from the surface detonation of very high yield nuclear weapons. The problem discussed in general terms, and the results of a specific analysis of the CASTLE BRAVO event are presented. The contours developed by this analysis have been idealized for the purpose of scaling these contours to other weapon yields and to other wind conditions than actually existed at CASTLE BRAVO, and the manner of performing this scaling is described. Examples of scaled contours for 1, 10, 15, and 60 megaton yields are given. The possible courses of defensive action against large scale fall out are discoursed, including the relative advantages afforded by evacuation of the area and by seeking optimum shelter within the area. A detailed summary precedes the body of the report.
- Nuclear Warfare
- Nuclear Radiation Shielding, Protection and Safety