Descriptions of Weapon Bursts | Weapon Effect Videos
This is the definitive, unclassified text on nuclear weapons effects. A team
effort is underway to scan and digitize as much of the book as time permits.
NOTE: All the of the web pages for 'Effects of Nuclear Weapons", 1977, have been updated with new links into Chapter IIb and IIc.
Title Page and Contents [Adobe PDF, 178Kb]
Chapter I -- General Principles of Nuclear Explosions [Adobe PDF, 1.0Mb] [Zipped HTML, 400Kb]
Chapter II -- Descriptions of Nuclear Explosions
Chapter IIa -- Atmospheric and Surface Explosions [Zipped HTML, 897Kb]
Chapter IIb -- Underwater and Underground Explosions [Zipped HTML, 430Kb]
Chapter IIc -- Scientific Aspects of Explosion Phenomena [Zipped HTML, 730Kb]
The following entries contain three small sections from the 1964 edition of "The Effects of Nuclear Weapons" which were deleted in the 1977 edition.
Chronological Development of Air Burst
from "Effects of Nuclear Weapons," 1964. These 5-pages contain diagrams and descriptions comparing the air burst of a 20 kiloton and 1 megation nuclear weapon. [also Adobe PDF, 419KB]
Chronological Development of Shallow Underwater Burst
from "Effects of Nuclear Weapons," 1964. These 5-pages contain diagrams and descriptions illustrating the shallow underwater burst of a 100 kiloton nuclear weapon. [also Adobe PDF, 467KB]
Chronological Development of Shallow Underground Burst
from "Effects of Nuclear Weapons," 1964. These 4-pages contain diagrams and descriptions illustrating the shallow underground burst of a 100 kiloton nuclear weapon. [also Adobe PDF, 280KB]
WORLDWIDE EFFECTS OF NUCLEAR WAR - - - SOME PERSPECTIVES
by the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, 1975. [ASCII, 54KB]
Note: These video clips were digitized from the best available copies of U.S. Government films. For additional information about these films, see the Historical Nuclear Test Photos and Films page at the DOE Nevada Test Site.
House (160x120 Quicktime MOV, 960 KB)
This famous video clip is from a Civil Defense Effects test at the Nevada Test Site. It first shows the test house with the tower holding the nuclear device in the background. Then the effects of the detonation are shown. This video is silent.
Airplanes (160x120 Quicktime MOV, 1.3 MB)
A clip from a military effects test showing a jet and then a propeller-driven aircraft. This video is silent.
Forests (160x120 Quicktime MOV, 2.0 MB)
A stand of trees was transplanted to the Nevada Test Site for this Civil Effects test. This video is silent.
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Last updated: January 1, 2000.