Asked in PhysicsNuclear PhysicsNuclear WeaponsMissiles
How much miles of damage can a nuclear missile cause?
September 21, 2010 7:31PM
The explosion will only take up a square mile or two. The shockwave, will spread and destroy for several more miles. The real destruction is the nuclear fallout. Tons of radioactive matieral being scatered by the wind can spread hundreds of miles.
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