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Effects of nuclear explosions

A nuclear explosion occurs as a result of the rapid release of energy from an uncontrolled nuclear reaction.

The driving reaction may be nuclear fission, nuclear fusion or a multistage cascading combination of the two.

Nuclear explosions produce large amounts of radiation and radioactive debris.

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