Posted 28 февраля 2022,, 13:20

Published 28 февраля 2022,, 13:20

Modified 24 декабря 2022,, 22:38

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NASA computer models revealed what even a small nuclear war would do to the Earth

NASA computer models revealed what even a small nuclear war would do to the Earth

28 февраля 2022, 13:20
“NASA computer models reveal what a small, regional nuclear war in one part of the world would do to the global climate and environment. The results are grim”, - the scientific website LiveScience (USA) wrote about this ten years ago in the article “A Small Nuclear War Would Stall Global Warming”.

If 100 Hiroshima-sized bombs, each as powerful as 15,000 tons of TNT, were exchanged in a war between two developing-world nuclear powers such as India and Pakistan, models show the resulting fires would send five million metric tons of black carbon into the upper troposphere - the lowest-altitude layer of the atmosphere, wrote LiveScience.

There, the soot would absorb solar heat and rise like a hot-air balloon, reaching heights from which it would not easily settle back to the ground. In the shade of this carbon shield, Earth would cool.

"The effects would [lead] to unprecedented climate change", - said NASA physical scientist Luke Oman at a meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science last week.

Oman's and his colleagues' models show that for two to three years after a regional nuclear war, average global temperatures would drop by at least 2.25 degrees F (1.25 degrees C), and as much as 5.4 to 7.2 degrees F (3 to 4 degrees C) in the tropics, Europe, Asia and Alaska.

But the reversal of the global warming trend wouldn't be a good thing. "Our results suggest that agriculture could be severely impacted, especially in areas that are susceptible to late-spring and early-fall frosts," said Oman, who compared the likely post-war crop failures and famines to those that followed the 1815 volcanic eruption of Mount Tambora in Indonesia.

Additionally, the models showed global precipitation would reduce by 10 percent globally for one to four years, and the ozone layer would thin, resulting in an influx of dangerous ultraviolet radiation. These results confirm predictions made previously by researchers at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

One hundred Hiroshima-sized bombs make up a mere 0.03 percent of the worldwide nuclear weapons arsenal.

It's worth reminding that 77 years ago, on August 6 and 9, 1945, the United States subjected the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to atomic bombing. The power of the Hiroshima bomb, codenamed "Little boy", was from 13 to 18 kilotons, and Nagasaki was dropped by a bomb codenamed "Fat Man", with a yield of about 20 kilotons.

The total number of victims of the tragedy is over 450 thousand people. Only during the explosion itself in Hiroshima, from 90 to 166 thousand people died, and in Nagasaki from 60 to 80 thousand. Survivors still suffer from diseases caused by radiation exposure. According to the latest data, their number now stands at about 180,000 people.