What would happen if South Shields was hit by a hydrogen bomb?

The affect that a hydrogen bomb, of 10 kilotons, would have on South Shields. Picture: Nukemap.
The affect that a hydrogen bomb, of 10 kilotons, would have on South Shields. Picture: Nukemap.

An estimated 13,000 people would be killed in South Shields if a hydrogen bomb was dropped on the town.

As North Korean officials claim that an underground hydrogen bomb test has been carried out in the country, we take a look at the impact a similar device would have in the unlikely event of it being detonated in South Shields.

Computer programme Nukemap has estimated that 13,000 people would be killed in and around the town - while 19,550 would be injured.

Casualties could suffer third degree burns, and be affected by radiation.

These figures are for a 10 kiloton bomb - the yield which North Korea claims to have tested in a hydrogen device.

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Nukemap's results also show that the air blast radius would reach as up to 0.99 kilometres, stretching out to Bents Park and the seaside.

Concrete buildings would be forced into collapse in these areas, and the fatalities would be widespread.

The radiation would have a radius of almost five kilometres squared - and if medical treatment is not provided, between 50 and 90% of people would die.

Dying could take any time from several hours to several weeks.

People more than six kilometres away would suffer third degree burns. This would almost stretch to North Shields and the Royal Quays.