The Ways a Nuclear Blast Would Affect Your Health

2. Wounds from flying debris

Times square in New York City

Fallen buildings can cause you serious harm. | iStock.com/AndreyKrav

If you’re surrounded by tall buildings when a nuclear blast comes your way, then you’re at particular risk of getting hit with debris. The Medical Implications of Nuclear War states most of the wounds from survivors of blast injuries are abrasions and fractures from debris thrown at high speeds. There might not be too much you can do to avoid flying debris, but NPR notes it’s a good idea to wear a bicycle or football helmet during a tornado to avoid injury if hit in the head by high-velocity remnants. While this isn’t the same scenario, the idea might help you get to safety while protecting your noggin.

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