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Table 2 Affected populations from 550 Kt surface detonations in 4 downtowns

From: Vulnerability of populations and the urban health care systems to nuclear weapon attack – examples from four American cities

Effect Type City
  Washington New York Chicago Atlanta
Combined Fallout and Thermal 2,678,638 6,456,056 3,398,527 1,243,165
Combined Fallout and Blast 2,541,368 6,001,862 3,167,676 1,178,751
All Thermal categories 923,401 3,309,930 1,614,371 459,639
All Fallout categories 2,170,917 5,042,904 2,430,731 1,064,928
All Blast categories 708,710 2,554,308 1,251,965 353,925
All Thermal categories 923,401 3,309,930 1,614,371 459,639
> 25 cal cm2 Zone 211,206 903,591 316,847 122,572
> 13–25 cal cm2 Zone 135,752 521,519 305,725 68,720
3rd Degree Burn Zone 94,202 315,388 190,071 42,141
2nd Degree Burn Zone* 165,557 509,926 256,134 71,496
1st Degree Burn Zone 316,684 1,059,506 545,594 154,710
All Fallout Categories where mortality > 0.5% 2,170,917 5,042,904 2,430,731 1,064,928
Mortality > 90% 1,016,206 3,229,502 1,473,337 614,767
   > 50–90% 583,486 493,519 261,381 123,160
   > 10–50% 311,292 678,783 180,456 119,567
   > 0.5–10% 259,933 641,100 515,557 207,568
All Blast categories over 1psi 708,710 2,554,308 1,251,965 353,925
> 20psi 20,710 158,889 52,950 19,476
10–20psi 32,703 155,019 34,704 25,437
3–10psi 158,287 596,150 231,341 77,985
2–3psi * 138,363 537,279 316,306 71,105
1–2psi 358,647 1,106,971 616,664 159,922
  1. • Approximately 500,000 additional daytime workers will be affected for Washington and 600,000 for New York for the second degree burn zones or the 2psi zone. No data are available for Atlanta and Chicago.