A nuclear blast is an explosion with intense light and heat, a damaging pressure wave and widespread radioactive material that can contaminate the air, water and ground surfaces for miles around. Nuclear blasts emit intense heat, light, pressure, and radioactive materials.
Nuclear emergencies can arise from accidents at nuclear power plants or from explosions of nuclear bombs. Even though nuclear plants are very safe and nuclear war activity is rare, it is still important to understand what to do in a nuclear emergency.
For those living or working within 10 miles of the Enrico Fermi Nuclear Power Plant, the State of Michigan will be sending information about a new protective measure (Potassium Iodide) in case of a nuclear accident.
For answers to frequnty asked questions about nulear explosions, and what to do during a nuclear blast, look at the CDC Nuclear Blast/Radiation Emergency Page