What’s the difference between H-bomb and A-bomb?

Published: Wednesday, January 06, 2016 @ 8:57 AM
Updated: Wednesday, January 06, 2016 @ 8:57 AM

Wednesday’s announcement from North Korea that it carried out a nuclear test brings to light the question: What’s the difference between a hydrogen bomb and an atomic bomb?

North Korea claimed it tested “the H-bomb,” which experts say can be at least 1,000 times more powerful than the atomic bomb, according to the Associated Press.

Atomic bombs rely on fission, or atom-splitting, just as nuclear power plants do, the AP reports.

The hydrogen bomb uses fusion, or atomic nuclei coming together, to produce explosive energy, according to the AP.

The technology of the hydrogen bomb is more sophisticated, and once attained, it is a greater threat, the AP reports. They can be made small enough to fit on a head of an intercontinental missile.

“That the bomb can become compact is the characteristic, and so this means North Korea has the U.S. in mind in making this H-bomb announcement,” Tatsujiro Suzuki, professor at the Research Center for Nuclear Weapons Abolition at Nagasaki University, told the AP.

But the H-bomb requires more technology in control and accuracy because of the greater amount of energy involved, he told the AP. Both the A-bomb and H-bomb use radioactive material like uranium and plutonium for the explosive material, the AP reports.

Cincinnati officer hospitalized after contact with ‘illicit substance’

Published: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 2:40 AM

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A Cincinnati police officer was hospitalized Tuesday after contact with an "unknown illicit substance" during a traffic stop, according to our partners at WCPO.

The officer reported the substance left him feeling sick and light-headed, according to the Cincinnati Police Department. 

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The officer was released from University of Cincinnati Medical Center and the substance has been sent to a lab for analysis. 

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Earlier this month, an eastern Ohio officer was revived with four doses of Narcan after he accidentally came into contact with fentanyl during a traffic stop. 

Juveniles lead Kettering police on wrong-way pursuit in stolen car

Published: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 12:31 AM
Updated: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 2:10 AM

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UPDATE @ 2:10 a.m. 

Two juveniles are in custody and a third person is on the run after they fled from a car involved in a pursuit through parts of Moraine and Kettering. 

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Around 12:15 a.m. Wednesday, a Moraine officer observed a wrong-way driver on South Dixie Drive at the intersection with Dorothy Lane, Moraine police Sgt. Chris Selby said. 

Selby said the Moraine officer attempted to pull the vehicle over for a traffic stop, but the vehicle refused to stop and continued traveling northbound in the southbound lanes of South Dixie Drive.

The officer started a pursuit, but determined it was too dangerous, and ended the chase, Selby said.
Kettering police located the vehicle moments after the Moraine officer terminated his chase, and pursued the vehicle until it crashed into a dead end on Heritage Point Drive. 

Three occupants of the vehicle ran from the scene. Initial reports indicated one juvenile was arrested shortly after the pursuit ended, while the second juvenile was located and arrested a few minutes later on South Patterson Boulevard near Carillon Park. 

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Selby said a K9 officer from the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office responded and attempted to track the third suspect but was unsuccessful. 

Selby said the vehicle was later determined to be stolen from Harrison Twp. 

Additional details were not available. 


Police are looking for multiple occupants that fled from a vehicle after a police pursuit through parts of Moraine and Kettering early Wednesday morning. 

A Moraine officer attempted to stop a vehicle he observed traveling north in the southbound lanes on South Dixie Drive around 12:15 a.m., according to police scanner traffic. 

Three people were observed by both Kettering and Moraine officers fleeing from the vehicle after it came to a stop near Heritage Point Drive in Kettering. 

Initial reports indicate one person was taken into custody shortly after the vehicle stopped. A second person was located and taken into custody on South Patterson Boulevard near Carillon Park. 

We’re monitoring this developing story and will update this page as new details become available. 

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Manchester attack: Security at local concert venues gets renewed focus

Published: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 12:17 AM

In the aftermath of this week’s deadly terror attack outside a concert venue in Manchester, England, operators of area concert sites have become hyper-sensitive about the safety of performers and audiences. 

Huber Heights City Manager Rob Schommer supervises the city-owned Rose Music Center and asserts that he keeps the round-the-clock safety at music events at the forefront of his thoughts. 

"That's part of good preparation, you don't wait until something triggers your thought process," Schommer told News Center 7’s Mike Campbell on Tuesday. 

"[Safety is a] part of hiring, it's part of training." 

And because the Rose Center is city-owned, that training is an advantage to the center's audience. Since the officers can train at the center, they can become more familiar with the facility and make it easier for the audience if an incident were to happen. 

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"Some officers are uniformed, some are lightly uniformed or have no uniforms," said Schommer. "We want a pleasant experience for customers without making it feel like, 'Hey, there's something wrong.' " 

Although, Ohio audiences have valid reason to not consider a disastrous event happening at their concerts, terrorism expert Dr. Glen Duerr of Cedarville University believes otherwise. 

Duerr explained that while it is true and beneficial that Ohio does not have venues close to major transportation centers, he urges that "we have to remain vigilant." 

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Venue owners and operators exhibit this mindset and note that communication is key. 

Schommer said having a relationship with customers who attend the concerts is useful. 

"Make sure they know who to go to, how to report it, that is the biggest force multiplier," he said. "The old "see something, say something" phrase is good advice. For [me] it's all about identify, deter and prevent."

Overheating equipment blamed for small house fire in Oakwood

Published: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 11:37 PM
Updated: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 12:05 AM

UPDATE @ 12:05 a.m. 

A house recently purchased and currently under renovation suffered ‘very minor’ damage after a piece of equipment overheated. 

Firefighters said a floor sander overheated and filled the house with smoke, but only damaged a small portion of a floor. 

No injuries were reported.  


Firefighters have responded to a report of a house fire on Orchard Drive in Oakwood late Tuesday night. 

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Crews from Oakwood and Kettering were dispatched to the house in the 200 block of Orchard Drive around 11:25 p.m. for an initial report of a smell of smoke in the area. 

Scanner traffic from the scene indicates firefighters kicked open a door and found heavy smoke conditions inside. 

Officials told our crew they believe the house is vacant and no one is inside. 

We have a crew on the way and we’ll update this page as new details become available. 

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