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The detonation of a nuclear weapon would have serious immediate and longer-term consequences for people, society and the environment.
While the full extent of these consequences depends on several factors, including the size, number, height and location of the explosion(s), it is possible to make some general predictions on the basis of past experience and accumulated knowledge. The main features of these weapons – their design, the physics and the engineering –are well known, as is their destructive potential.