HAVE you ever wondered what your body would go through if you were exposed to nuclear radiation?
The harrowing effects of nuclear fallout have been re-explored by scientists as the war of words between Donald Trump and North Korean despot Kim Jong-un continue to escalate.
Fears of a nuclear war intensified after Kim Jong-un ordered the rapid acceleration of the country’s nuclear weapons programme and repeatedly issued threats to the West and its allies.
Nuclear fallouts from a bomb or reactor blowing up can have major negative impacts on human life, from instant death if you’re in the immediate vicinity, to a slow painful roasting if you’re a bit further away.
According to a video by Digg, nuclear explosions can produce blasts of air similar to more conventional weapons.
The blast can injure the human body through effects such as rupturing ear drums or lungs, or by throwing people at dangerous speeds.
As with any blast, collapsing structures or flying debris can also lead to physical injury, ranging anywhere from smaller scrapes to a person’s entire skeleton being crushed.
However, nuclear blasts have a whole other level of harm to humans, generating an intense pulse of thermoradiation that can burn people’s skin off and set them alight.
It is typically worse for those closest to the centre of the nuclear blast site, with the possibility of their insides being roasted alive and their bodies being incinerated if they were close enough.
A nuclear blast can also lead to many long term effects on human health, and can cause cataracts, thyroid disease, birth defects and cancer.
When exposed to the radiation from nuclear fallout, it can cause a chemical change in human cells which can kill or make them abnormal.
If the cell’s DNA is damaged, this can lead to cancer.
Nuclear blasts can be very devastating, with significant short and long-term consequences.
According to Tonic, the radiation spit from a nuclear bomb can span the entire magnetic spectrum and falls into two categories: non-ionizing and ionizing.
Non-ionizing radiation, like radio and microwaves, are lower energy but can cause thermal burns.
The more potent ionizing radiation such as alpha and beta particles, positrons, neutrons, and especially X-rays and gamma rays, can cause DNA errors, cell death, and lead to the deadly acute radiation syndrome with the effects lasting for years.
In July 2017, North Korea successfully launched the country's first inter-continental ballistic missile (ICBM), which had the capability of reaching US territory.
The Pentagon, the US military headquarters, believes North Korea has around 200 missile launchers across the country, which can be used to fire short and medium-range missiles.
The most likely target of such a missile launch would be South Korea, Japan, Australia and possibly US territories in the Pacific Ocean.
Revised estimates suggest the total number of missiles the rogue state has is believed to be between 13 and 21.
And the regime is estimated to have at least four nuclear warheads.
Satellite images of Jong-un's main missile test site in August revealed North Korea's weapons were more powerful than initially thought.
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