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Tom asked the Naked Scientists: My son Frank would like to know how why hydrogen bombs create radioactive elements.What do you think?
Fusion, unlike fission, is relatively "clean"óit releases energy but no harmful radioactive products or large amounts of nuclear fallout. The fission reactions though, especially the last fission reaction, release a tremendous amount of fission products and fallout.
Despite several attempts to create nuclear weapons that could be used in warfare, the bulk of the victims will inevitably be civilians.