posted on Jun, 5 2004 @ 11:54 PM
Sorry mindfog, it is YOU that need to do some reading.
a one megatonner wont give 500 mph winds, more like 300---getting in the range for records set at mt. Rannier, et al.
But let's imagine 500 mph at ground + 2 miles. Since the blast is spherical, the wind will dissapate in all directions. Volume of a sphere is what,
pi x r cubed? so at 4 miles, The wind is only going 63 mph. Look at an aerial picture of Hiroshima. The blast did wipe out downtown, but not the
suburbs. Tokyo was unnaffected, a mere 100 miles away. As for the cross on St. Paul's being melted, why wasn't all of New Mexico reduced to molten
slag, when they set off the fission bomb at White Sands? Albuquerque is not much past 150 miles (less than the distance from Edinburgh to St.
Paul's?), and the crosses on St. Anthony's are still there from 1680.
Only people w/in the 'footprint' of the fireball were vaporised at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, of the 100,000 or so survivors from w/in 10 miles of the
blast, many did go blind, even those who closed thier eyes, but their eyes didn't "melt in their sockets."
I am not trying to diminish the horror of war, but the power of a-bombs is not infinite. In fact, many of the soldiers who STOOD in the path of the
bombs in the Nevada desert were alive in the 1990's. I worked for one of 'em. He didn't have so much as a lead jock-strap for protection, and he
produced fairly normal offspring. (his daughter was super hot. hmmm.)
Many of the casaulties in Japan were maximized by healthy survivors who went through w/in the hot zone and labored for hours at a time, breathing
You could elimate this threat with no more protection that a sturdy basement and a homemade "K-meter," which would tell you how many minutes per day
you could work outside w/out risking your progeny and your own future.
As devastating as Chernobyl was, the death toll was far lower than expected because of useful testing equipment and basic instructions to the victim
population. No one, including the US govt, could speak intelligently about the dangers in downtown hiroshima. In the 50's, they were still using
"X-ray TV's" to see how well children's shoes fit, for God's sake!
there is an excellent preparedness manual, written by the Dr. in charge of preparing NYC for chemical attacks pre 9-11, that lays out some basic home
protection you can make for yourself, all culled from govt. docs. I'm sure UK gov puts 'em out too.
Acting like the future is hopeless guarantees that you will be powerless when it arrives.