Abstract

If a small (ten-kiloton) nuclear bomb exploded in Times Square, it would "destroy instantaneously the theater district, the New York Times building, Grand Central Terminal, and every other structure within a third of a mile. . . . The ensuing firestorm would engulf Rockefeller Center, Carnegie Hall, the Empire State Building, and Madison Square Garden. . . . On a normal workday, more than half a million people crowd the area within a half-mile radius of Times Square. A noon detonation in midtown Manhattan would kill them all. Hundreds of thousands of others would die from collapsing buildings, fire, and fallout in the ensuing hours," says Graham Allison in his book Nuclear Terrorism.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1946-0910
Print ISSN
0012-3846
Pages
pp. 62-68
Launched on MUSE
2011-10-05
Open Access
No
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