May 14, 2017
With all the recent talk about the use of Nuclear weapons, I looked up how many there are on the planet. The answer is frightening!
""Nine countries together possess around 15,000 nuclear weapons. The United States and Russia maintain roughly 1,800 of their nuclear weapons on
high-alert status – ready to be launched within minutes of a warning. Most are many times more powerful than the atomic bombs dropped on Japan in
1945. A single nuclear warhead, if detonated on a large city, could kill millions of people, with the effects persisting for decades.""
It bothers me that we (the USA) have at least 6,800 nuclear bombs just sitting around getting old. Some of them probably already have aged a few
decades. Therefore, a few questions for those of you who are familiar with the subject...
1. What is the potential for one (or more) of these nuclear weapons to go off ACCIDENTALLY? We hear of regular bombs and fireworks facilities
accidentally exploding. An accidental nuclear bomb explosion would be devastating, if it's close enough to a populated region.
2. Are the thousands of U.S.-based nuclear warheads spread out all over the country...or grouped together in clusters? Hopefully they are a good
distance from each other, in case one accidentally explodes.
3. If they are spread out, are these locations known? Could some of them be in areas that have become urbanized? (You're eating dinner and a
nuclear missile blasts off from under the neighborhood McDonalds.)
4. Are there nuclear missile tune-up/maintenance teams that regularly inspect the (est.) 6,800 warheads/missiles, to ensure that they're
stable...and working properly..so that they clear the mainland and not come down on U.S. soil by accident?
5. In the unlikely event the nuclear nations decide to get rid these God-awful weapons, where would they be disposed? Some of the components that
make up a nuclear bomb are very poisonous toxic I believe.
Thanks in advance for any knowledge-based responses! Let's hope that mankind will one day realize that nuclear weapons can never be used, and should
therefore be totally eliminated from our planet. Or, is it best to keep a very few, in case an incoming asteroid needs to be obliterated?