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Could a nuclear blast destroy a USB stick?

Update:

I figured it might be one of those items, too small for a nuclear blast to destroy

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  • 1 month ago

    Could it do that? Yes it could if the conditions are right.

    How close to the blast?

    Is the USB stick in a metal box or shield?

    so many questions.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    It would obliterate the USB stick.

  • 1 month ago

    Well, electromagnetic pulses can cause leakage currents that destroy information stored in that type of memory. Whether it would render it incapable of being reprogrammed depends on whether there is permanent damage. Naturally, with a strong enough blast the device would be totally destroyed.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Sure, even a Nuclear Electro Magnetic Pulse has destructive effects on electronics unless these latter are duly sheltered 

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  • 1 month ago

    From the very beginning memory chips were erased or altered if an alpha particle hit the memory cell.  This seriously limited what the chip could be packaged in.  Unless the stick was wrapped in lead foil the contents would be erased even from a great distance because just one alpha or beta particle could change a memory cell.

  • Murzy
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    everything melts from the blast

  • ?
    Lv 5
    1 month ago

    Yes it certainly can you don't even need a nuclear blast.

    All you need to do is set your USB too close to your microwave are too close to your old cathode ray television and in a very short period of time you'll lose your data on it

  • 1 month ago

    If it was inside the blast zone and melted away into nothing, it would be destroyed. 

    If it is outside the blast zone, but still too close to radiation, the data on it could be corrupted

    If it is far enough from the blast, it would not be destroyed.

    Also things like whether it was inside something protective, in use at the time of the blast, etc would affect the outcome.

    No one anwer to this question.

  • 1 month ago

    A nuclear blast vaporizes everything around it, for a mile or more. Then for 2 or 3 miles or more, it just melts EVERYTHING. Small, large, or in between, doesn't matter.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    silly question of the day.  do you really not know ? or is this just another troll.

    Why would size matter? Everything gets destroyed.

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