Nuclear Power: The Effects Of The Atomic Bombs

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Wars waged by mankind are known for being beyond terrifying for those fighting for their countries. However, modern wars tend to have civilians just as afraid as the soldiers who take part in battle. World War II marked a time in world history where war truly changed by bringing about the invention of the atomic bomb. Nuclear power used within an atomic bomb is created from highly reactive, manmade elements that are not meant to be handled without protection. These sensitive materials lead to any and everything within reach being harmed following detonation. Nuclear blasts are responsible for many immediate and residual medical issues including burns, genetic mutations, and cancers that can lead to physical ailments due to their release of …show more content…
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The problem with this is that there are major fundamental differences between a nuclear weapon’s energy release and that of something natural such as a volcanic eruption. During a nuclear reaction, the explosive material is heated to more than six million degrees Kelvin which is a higher temperature than that of the sun’s photosphere (“The Effects”). With these high temperatures that do not naturally occur on earth, there are bound to be some effects that are not so
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When large nuclear bombs are detonated, the radioactive residues rise up along with the mushroom cloud produced in the explosion and spread gradually over a large area leading to many living organisms absorbing the radioactive elements which effects the food chain and therefore humans (“The Effects”). This is mainly because nuclear explosions will often pick up earth and water, take them up in the mushroom cloud, and then drop them down throughout the area effected leading to nuclear fallout (“Nuclear Weapons”). This is not good for humans because “the nature of radioactivity […] and the immense areas containable by a single bomb undoubtedly make radioactive fallout potentially one of the most lethal effects of nuclear weapons” (“Nuclear Weapons”). Nuclear fallout leads to “residual radiation” or “gamma rays from fission products deposited on the ground and from radioactivity induced by neutrons in the soil and walls of buildings” which can cause an area to remain radioactive long after the blast itself has taken place which leads to humans still being effected for years to come (“The

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