WHAT TO DO IF NUCLEAR DISASTER IS IMMINENT!
A 500 kiloton blast, 2.2 miles away, will arrive about 8 seconds after the detonation flash with about a 295 mph wind blast that lasts
about three seconds. An even larger 1 MT (megaton) blast, 5 miles away, will arrive in about 20 seconds. Hopefully, you are not near any
target area 'ground zero' and will only, like the vast majority, have to deal with just the fallout later.
I wanted to post this paragraph from an excellent article I found on the web. I should mention the author seems to want to sell survival gear, so he
may be biased. The use of caps is the style of the author in titling his work, so forgive it please. The content is good, and describes a few simple
steps families can take to increase their chances of survival if the worst happens.
Anyway, I highlighted the part I thought was really interesting.
My question is this: Does the 8-second and 20 second windows here describe a period of time which will be very hot? I'm asking if victims of
nuclear bombs will actually writhe and burn like Sarah Conner in the famous Terminator movies? --that the first agony is from burning alive (deafened
and blind, of course), and then the second is damage from the blast wave?
I ask this question to all you experts because I have a lot of friends near major targets who say, "Oh well look how smart I am: I live NEAR a
nuclear target like [insert base/city here] and so I won't even feel it!" ...Seriously, this is what I hear from people.
Well no, actually, if you are near a target, that warhead could be off by miles, in fact. If it lands on your head, yeah, you will eperience the
effects of nuclear bombs at the same time and be vaporized. BUT if you are on the periphery, you will see the light first, and then feel the burn,
before the merciful blast wave hits.
Does the link above describe the time difference of flash and blast wave of a nuclear airburst correctly? 8-seconds of agony (500kt at 2.2 miles
distance)? 20-seconds of agony (1-MT at 5 miles distance)?
Also, can so called "bunker busters" actually go so deep that they are like the atomic tests underground like we have seen and which throw up no
debris? I think so-called "bunker busters" will throw consequential amounts of irradiated material skyward, and onto unprepared humans downwind and
[edit on 26-3-2006 by smallpeeps]