THEORETICAL ESTIMATE OF MAXIMUM POSSIBLE NUCLEAR EXPLOSION by Bethe, H.A.; US Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) (US); Knolls

By Bethe, H.A.; US Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) (US); Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory.; United States. Dept. of Energy. Office of Scientific and Technical Information

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By Bethe, H.A.; US Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) (US); Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory.; United States. Dept. of Energy. Office of Scientific and Technical Information

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Hem f a very good hope t h a t t h e r e a c t o r buildfng w i l l remain i n t a c t , and t h a t t h e fission gases can rernaii? eonfined i n it f o r a considerable time, allowing a regulated slow escape l a t e r oz. The onLy plutonium that escapes into t h e r e a c t o r bullding w i l l be t h a t which has been formed in t h e 238 contained i n the fuel itself, b u t ever, t h i s i s l i k e l y t o condense almost q u a n t i t a t i v e l y bafore i t can escape i n t o the atmosphere, The accident, therefore, while destroying t h e reactor, fs not likely t o cause major h e a l t h hazards t o t h e surrounding country.

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