Originally posted by manta78
reply to post by getreadyalready
These these people appear to have a more detailed description of suitcase nukes:
[edit on 1-6-2010 by manta78]
Yep. Their description sounds pretty good. Here are my favorite parts:
People in the immediate vicinity of a suitcase nuke or suitcase bomb detonation would likely die from the force of the conventional explosion itself.
It doesn’t take much more than a single critical mass to cause significant explosions ranging from 10-20 tons.
Generally speaking, a one kiloton yield thermonuclear device has the same explosive power as one thousand tons of TNT. A suitcase bomb of 10-20 tons
would be equivalent to 10-20 tons of TNT.
Here is a video of 100 tons of TNT being detonated by civilian EOD contractors.
Pretty big boom, but nothing remotely similar to a Nuke, and a supposed suitcase bomb would only be 10-20% as explosive as this. We are talking
"Mythbusters" size, not Hiroshima size.
Gamma radiation can travel many meters in the air and many centimeters once in human tissue; therefore they represent a major external threat. Dense
material is needed as a shield. Beta radiation can travel meters in air and can moderately penetrate human skin, but clothing and some protection can
help. Alpha radiation travels a very short distance through the air and can’t penetrate the skin, but can be harmful if inhaled, swallowed or
absorbed through open wounds.
A few meters in air? From a roof top, this isn't going to get too many people, if any.
If detection and decontamination occurs soon after exposure, about 95 percent of external radioactive material can be removed by taking off the
victim’s clothing and shoes and washing with water. Further decontamination may require the use of bleaches or other mild abrasives.
Unless you are within meters of the actual blast, the treatment is, "Change clothes, take a bath with soap, and stay indoors for at least two
Radiation in the first hour after an explosion is about 90 percent, with it going down to about 1 percent of the original level after two days.
Radiation only drops to trace levels after 300 hours.
If radioactive material has gotten into a victim’s internal organs and tissues, treatment includes giving the patient various blocking and diluting
agents, such as potassium iodide, to decrease absorption. Mobilizing agents such as ammonium chloride, diuretics, expectorants and inhalants are given
to a patient to force the tissues to release the harmful isotopes. Other treatments involve chelating agents. When ingested, these agents bind with
some metals more strongly than others to form a stable complex that, when soluble, are more easily excreted through the kidneys.
For more serious exposure, you might require medical treatment, possibly even amputation of limbs that were directly wounded and absorbent. Still,
you would probably have to be on the roof with the terrorist to get this level of exposure.
From another source:
A single critical mass cannot cause an explosion however since it does not cause fission multiplication, somewhat more than a critical mass is
required for that. But it does not take much more than a single critical mass to cause significant explosions. As little an excess as 10% (1.1
critical masses) can produce explosions of 10-20 tons. This low yield seems trivial compared to weapons with yields in the kilotons or megatons
A suitcase bomb is not a "spherical implosion device" and therefore does not obtain fission, and does not produce a "nuclear" explosion. The
existence of such devices is purely theoretical. The USSR "may" have made some of these, and some "backpack" bombs, but their effectiveness would
have rendered them useless except as anti-personell weapons.
Suitcase bomb = very scary name for MSM to throw at you, but very little actual danger!
You can probably buy enough explosive material and old computer monitors off ebay to make a far more dangerous bomb with more radiation, and do it
right from your own living room.
[edit on 1-6-2010 by getreadyalready]