posted on Sep, 13 2009 @ 01:18 AM
reply to post by rogerstigers
For Roger Stigers and anyone interested on a SUIT CASE NUKE DAMAGE.
oK, I admit up front that I am no expert but, I have been to several Nuclear physics schools while in the military.
I just read an article that made the following statements and they seem reasonable so I am going to accept them as facts until someone proves
otherwise. Concerning a Soviet made suit case nuke: The yield from the detonation is the same or similar to a soviet 155MM Tactical nuclear howitzer
or cannon round. This is reported to be approximately one (1) KT or 1-kiloton, a ton being 2000 pounds makes the suit case nuke approximately one
thousand tons of TNT. The Soviets do not refer to the "suit case nukes as such, they call them " TN Land-mines" Tactical Nuclear land mines or
Now for comparison:
The Little Boy bomb the U.S dropped on Hiroshima to end world War -2 was a 15- KT or fifteen kiloton nuclear weapon that weighted 9,700 pound. A suit
case nuke will weigh in at about 6-7 kilos.
Now you can go on line to see what that bomb did to Hiroshima Japan and assume that the suit-case nuke will do approximately 1/15 the damage which is
still considerable. What most people do not understand about thermonuclear weapons is that the smaller ones reach full magnification in radiation
strength and brightness causing instant blindness very rapidly. They cannot be compared to conventional bombs in anyway. ie. If you are standing near
the center when it goes off you do not get blown up per se, you get dissentigrated or receive a killer dose of Gamma radiation, then the beta
radiation these two being able to penetrate your clothing and skin and then their is the Alpha radiation. If you are anywhere near the center it will
be like standing on the sun while it is off and then it is turned on for 1/2 second and it is over. I don't tell you this to scare you it just seems
that everyone out there has no idea how nasty a Nuclear weapon is.
With todays modern technology the newer suit case bombs could be bigger
than there counter-part of the cold war time period by that I mean a suit case nuke could have a yield of the 15 KT that was dropped on Hiroshima
Japan or the Gamma radiation which initially had only a very short range as it travel from the center of the bomb could have been extended many time
so who knows what is coming.
If the conventional wisdom is that the new suit case nukes are going to be equal in yield to the old suit case nukes then you are looking at
approximately 6-8 sq blocks with immediate radiation reaching out 2- 3 time that area and a radiation cloud floating around the City contaminating
everything it passes over. Some of the contamination on the ground can last from weeks to months to years. I know this sounds scary but I have
played it down as much as I dare and still be able to tell you the truth. SO now that you have a little understanding of the thermonuclear bomb, The
Russians use to have I do not know if they still do but at one time they had several 50 megaton thermonuclear weapons. I believe the United States
did not build anything larger than 20 Megatons-yes that right 40 million pounds of TNT. 1 megaton = 1 million tons of TNT ..........KMG
[edit on 13-9-2009 by kissmygrits]