Table 1. Range in Miles for Significant Events*
|Yield (KT)||Shockwave||Heat||Initial radiation||Fallout radiation (downwind)|
up to 3.4
up to 6.0
|*Significant effects are 50% mortality from shockwave and heat, and a radiation dose of 400 rads.|
Representation from above of the general patterns of damage from a 10-kT nuclear explosion on the ground. The destruction from the initial effects - shockwave, thermal (heat) energy,and initial radiation - expands in a circular pattern. Severe shockwave damage could extend to about a half a mile. Severe thermal damage would extend out about a mile. Flying debris could extend up to a few miles. Initial (prompt) nuclear radiation for a 10-kT blast could expose unprotected people within about 3/4 mile of the explosion site to a lethal radiation dose. Radioactive fallout occurs in an irregular elliptical pattern in the direction the wind is blowing; lethal radiation could extend up to 6 miles.