nuclear airburst

nuclear airburst

The explosion of a nuclear weapon in the air, at a height greater than the maximum radius of the fireball. See also types of burst.
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Although the aesthetics of such an act would shock the world as humanity has not seen a nuclear airburst since that done by China in 1980, this would not be the beginning of hostilities.
Consider that a 12.5-Kt nuclear airburst will cause fatalities over perhaps 8 square kilometers ([km.sup.2]), a large area of a city.
"The melt material also matches melt-glass produced by the Trinity nuclear airburst of 1945 in Socorro, New Mexico.
Which is not to mention what would happen if our newfound digital utopia were subjected to two or three well placed nuclear airbursts creating a coast-to-coast electro- magnetic pulse (EMP) attack.

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