posted on Jul, 23 2004 @ 07:31 PM
Regards to the comment about a 10KT nuke destroying everything with a "direct hit"...
1: A 10kt nuke is of a similar size to the one that screwed Hiroshima. This isnt very big, and most of Hiroshima was left entirely intact, it was only
the industrial sector that got pasted, and even then most buildings where left standing anyway, with the only buildings completely smashed where the
wooden ones. Most of the stone/brick buildings where intact. If lightweight buildings such as a Japanese courtroom or church could survive, I am
pretty sure the pyramids could.
2:99% of the time, a nuke is detonated above the target, several thousand feet up, relying on the pressure wave to destroy the target, rather than the
heat. It is conceivable that a pyramid could easily deflect a blast.
3:As for the so called backdraft effect, if you had openings on every side of the pyramid, the air pressure inside will be the same as that of the
outside, and as the blastwave is fleeting, before being sucked back up into the mushroom cloud, the resulting vacuum would be minimal. Plus if any air
was sucked out of the pyramid, it would be immediately replaced with air rushing back in (ie: air leaves one side of the pyramid, but is sucked back
in from the other)
4: A small tactical nuke is very survivable even in the open, only about 1000ft from ground zero would you be in with a real chance of dying. Outside
of this killzone, as long as you can get yourself in cover (ie a ditch etc), chances are you will still be alive.
Obviously larger bombs such as a 100MT hydrogen bomb are a different story, but a small weapon such as a tactical nuke would not stand a chance in
destroying the pyramids.
And before anyone tries to argue the point with me, I work at the AWE in Aldermaston. For those that do not know what this is, its where the UK makes
and designs its nukes.