May 172012

This is one of a series of articles being produced by Aberdeen and District Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND). You can read further articles in both past and future editions of Aberdeen Voice. With thanks to Jonathan Russell.


All nuclear bomb explosions cause many small fires; these can coalesce into one massive fire known as a firestorm.

As the fire heats the air it causes winds of hurricane strength directed inward towards the fire, and this in turn fans the flames.

In Hiroshima a firestorm developed. About 4.4 square miles were utterly destroyed.