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Posted: 11/20/2003 2:25:25 PM EDT
Link Posted: 11/20/2003 2:34:46 PM EDT
Always a good read.
Link Posted: 11/20/2003 2:37:08 PM EDT
Interesting read. Thank you, I'm not paranoid enough.


-HS
Link Posted: 11/20/2003 2:39:14 PM EDT
Don't worry they will protect us........
Link Posted: 11/20/2003 2:41:54 PM EDT
I've got my iodine pills, and my BoB is ready.
Link Posted: 11/20/2003 2:44:41 PM EDT
I found this to be amazing:


If you're seven miles away from a one megaton explosion, the heat emanating from the fireball will cause a first-degree burn (equivalent to a bad sunburn ) to any exposed skin facing the light.


When see the flash, you're already getting burnt.
Link Posted: 11/20/2003 2:46:11 PM EDT
Also this:


900 Rem
Distance: 90 miles
A lethal dose of radiation. Death occurs from two to fourteen days.




Great. If Denver gets nuked, I'm dead up her in Fort Collins. Geez.
Link Posted: 11/20/2003 3:47:23 PM EDT
Those duck and cover drills may finally pay off.
Link Posted: 11/20/2003 4:17:35 PM EDT
I am so fried if the balloon goes up!

Oh well. I won't be around to care. Party on without me guys.

jim
Link Posted: 11/20/2003 4:45:22 PM EDT
No problem. I have my duct tape and plastic sheets ready to go.

Seriously, though, I would be much worried about a dirty bomb (radioactive conventional bomb) than a real nuke. The most likely threat is Islamic terrorists, and unless they get their hands on a functioning nuke that's designed to be set off by hand, they're unlikely to be able to make one. With the support of an unfriendly nation, it's possible, of course, but does anyone want to take bets on how long it would take before said nation was reduced to a big, glass parking lot?

Dirty bombs, however, are damned easy to make if you get some good radioactive material.
Link Posted: 11/20/2003 4:50:04 PM EDT
Bleh. Any sizeable nuke will eat my @$$ up almost instantly.

(I'm in NYC, ~7mi away from Downtown Manhattan. The only place more likely to get nuked than this one is DC).
Link Posted: 11/21/2003 7:40:36 PM EDT
Terrorist devices won't be anywhere NEAR the 1 megaton range. Low kilotonnage at best. Hiroshima class bombs give or take. Certainly enough to screw up your year and effectively take out a city, but not enough to kill a whole county or region. I've got mountains in all directions BTW, not super high ones, but high enough to block direct gamma ray bombardment.

I hope neither I or my children live to see such a thing though.
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