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Dirty Bomb

  • 27 Oct 2022
  • 2 min read

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What is a Dirty Bomb?

  • About:
    • A “dirty bomb” is a dispersion device containing radioactive material – possibly uranium, but more likely low-grade materials such as caesium-137 or other radioactive materials in common use.
    • It doesn't need to contain highly refined radioactive material, as is used in a nuclear bomb. Instead, it could use radioactive materials from hospitals, nuclear power stations or research laboratories.
    • This makes them much cheaper and quicker to make than nuclear weapons.
      • For Example: They can also be carried in the back of a vehicle.
  • Concerns:
    • The immediate health impact would probably be limited, since most people in an affected area would be able to escape before experiencing lethal doses of radiation.
      • However, the radioactive dust and smoke spread farther away could be dangerous to health if it is inhaled. Because people cannot see, smell, feel, or taste radiation.
    • The economic damage could be massive from having to evacuate urban areas or even abandon whole cities.

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