posted on Aug, 1 2006 @ 06:29 AM
Northwolf - well that's somewhat accurate I guess. Most (if not all) carparks in the states don't have proper ventilation/supplies/toilet
facilities and so on, so they can't really be considered anything but shelters of last resort.
DodgeG1 - Yes and no. Depending on the particulars of the blast (airburst vs. surface/sub-surface), and the distance, simply shielding
yourself from the initial blast with a foot or more of earth or concrete, and waiting a couple of days will protect you from the worst of it.
Alpha radiation is really only dangerous if you ingest it, while beta radiation is pretty similar in that respect, except it will penetrate your skin
to some depth and burn you (but sturdy clothing will block it). Gamma radiation is very high energy, but it moves quickly, and it's not easy for
your body to trap it, in order for long-term damage to occur.
It can't be overstated just how important it is to WAIT a while before venturing out. Just a few days makes a huge difference. It's critical to
understand the situation, if you are to have any hope of surviving it, so I suggest that anyone who is afraid of nuclear fallout research the
mechanics of exposure and study some survival skills relevant to the situation - preparation and understanding help to dispel fear.
Surviving in a fallout zone is not as impossible as some people think. I could go into some more detail about filtering water and preparing game and
constructing shelters, but this probably isn't the appropriate thread.
Simply put, if you wander around in the crater produced by a surface detonation, without protection, you will get sick and die - no question about it.
But if you take shelter during the initial blast, to protect yourself from the gamma burst and the immense heat, you can survive in what's left
of..wherever, as long as you take precautions.
If you wait a week before venturing outside I'd give you even odds on dying from some other cause, besides radiation. I think
starvation/dehydration/violence/accidents pose a much greater risk past that point, in terms of the odds.