posted on Mar, 23 2004 @ 11:06 PM
By ignoring the fire damage that would result from a nuclear attack and taking into account blast damage alone, U.S. war planners were able to
demand a far larger nuclear arsenal than necessary.
For more than 50 years, the U.S. government has seriously underestimated damage from nuclear attacks. The earliest schemes to predict damage from
atomic bombs, devised in 1947 and 1948, focused only on blast damage and ignored damage from fire, which can be far more devastating than blast
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A very good article describing the damage that is caused in urban areas from a nuclear pumped firestorm. Once again a case of the military fudging
damage estimates to increase their Nuke stockpile.
[Edited on 23-3-2004 by mad scientist]