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About Dirty Bomb

Context:

In Russia’s latest advocacy campaign over its invasion of Ukraine, Moscow has focused on accusations that Kyiv might be planning to use a so-called “dirty bomb” – a conventional explosive device laced with toxic nuclear material.

Relevance:

GS III: Science and Technology

Dimensions of the Article:

  1. About Dirty bomb
  2. Concerns

About Dirty bomb

  • A “dirty bomb” is a dispersion device containing radioactive material – possibly uranium, but more likely low-grade materials such as caesium-137 or other radioactive materials in common use.
  • Dirty bombs do not create city-flattening atomic explosion but are designed to spread toxic waste.
  • It is form of terrorist weapon to be used on cities to cause havoc among civilians, rather than as a tactical device for use by warring parties in conflict.
Concerns:
  • Immediate health impact would probably be limited, since most people in an affected area would be able to escape before experiencing lethal doses of radiation.
  • But the economic damage could be massive from having to evacuate urban areas or even abandon whole cities.

-Source: Indian Express


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