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Dec 22 2006, 10:08 AM ESTEvery one seems to be up in arms about the size of the bombs. Here is some Physics for you. A 30 KT (Kiloton) bomb, which is larger than the ones that have been mentioned in the show, would have a blast zone about 1 mile in circumfrence. These types of weapons are classified as tatical weapons. They have a very limited distruction zone and the fall-out effect of even a ground burst are minimal when compared to the national inventory of ICBM's. A 20 MT (Megaton) bomb on the other hand has on the order of 600 times the distructive force of a 30 KT bomb. The blast zone for this type of weapon is 8 miles from ground zero. This weapon would have a much larger ammount of fall-out associated with it and of course an increase in magnitude of each of the radioactive isotopes. The KT bombs are on the line of what was exploded in Japan during WWII. Expectations would be a 50% death rate with in 20 miles of the initial blast zone with in 5 years as borne out in real life. The problem that faces the writers in the show is that to cause the ammount of distruction depicted in the show in Denver would require a bomb on the order of a 100MT or larger. These types of weapons are where the real consern for a nuclear winter comes from due to the mass of the debris that is sucked up into the fire ball. This is only a T.V. show people, some things have to just be accepted and move on for the plot to continue, otherwise the writers would need to do many years of research just to make the science of it all work correctly. Enjoy the story line and dont worry about the technical preciseness of the bombs, EMP, etc. It is a very interesting plot and story. 1 out of 1 found this valuable. Do you?
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