Vulnerability of electric power systems to nuclear weapons.
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Vulnerability of electric power systems to nuclear weapons. by United States. Defense Electric Power Administration.

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Published by U.S. Govt. Print. Off. in Washington .
Written in English


  • Atomic bomb -- Safety measures,
  • Civil defense,
  • War damage, Industrial,
  • Electric power production,
  • Electric utilities -- Defense measures

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The Physical Object
Pagination243 p.
Number of Pages243
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL14175689M

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