Radiological Dispersion Devices and Nuclear Weapons An Overview Victor E. Anderson, C.H.P. Radiologic Health Branch California Department of Public Health Use of Radioactive Materials for Terrorist Attack Few, if any deaths due to radiation. Possible deaths due to the explosion. ?
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Victor E. Anderson, C.H.P.
Radiologic Health Branch
California Department of Public Health
Plastic ExplosiveRadiological Dispersion Devices can vary in complexity and design.
Lid w/explosive bolts
Cooling system for decay heat is required
High Level Source
MegaCuries or more
Mechanism for introducing explosive charge and detonating weapon
Radioactive material is deposited as fallout.
Provide Good Information
10 kt Distance to Ignite Structures(50 cal/cm2)
10 kt Approximate Distance For Third Degree Burns (~ 8 cal/cm2)
Shattered Glass Injuries
Severe Building Damage
(15 MPH Wind Blowing from the South to the North)
Arrival Time ~ 35 min
Arrival Time ~ 20 min minutes
Hiroshima Today. Ground Zero is near the Center of the Picture