Originally posted by TACHYON
Actually a missle silo would be the least safe, because it will be targeted.
The link provided wrt missle silos was for underground bomb shelters. They wouldnt' be targeted.
if everyone is talking about a full blown thermonuclear war between say the US and the former soviets, then things would be super crappy no matter
where you went, however, nuclear bombs aren't unlimited destruction machines. People in the -suburbs- of major cities will be relatively safe.
A long while ago there was an article about this in one of our newspapers. It looked at what would happen if a nuke hit NYC, off the ground, more or
less in the center of manhattan. All of manhattan was not destroyed. The fall out was huge, but concentrated in a particular direction because of
prevailing winds. You don't need to leave the country to survive that sort of nuclear attack, which, realisitically, is the only likely nuclear
attack in the short term future.
[edited to add:]
I noticed some people talking about winds on the continental scale. I think that the prevailing winds will be significant on the metropolitan scale
(maybe even statewide, obviously depending on the state tho). However, on the large scale (ie go to the west coast, or go to oregon and such) the
prevailing winds aren't as relevant. When chernobyl exploded (and, just to remind everyone, that wasn't a nuclear explosion, that was a regular
explosion (steam i think) had as part of its debris radioactive waste), scientists were able to track the cycling/passing of radioisotopes passing in
the atmosphere over the US several times. IOW, the radioactive material circled the earth several times
. It was brought out of the atmosphere
thru -rain-. It washed into the water table and was absorbed by crops, hence the importance of iodine pills. These pills load your body with an
isotope of iodine, making it less likely that yourbody, if it picks up a radio-isotope of iodine, will store it (in the thyroid) and give you cancer.
, its important to keep in mind that iodine is only one of several radionuclides that would be involved in the fall out. Anyway I just
wanted to add that.
[edit on 11-8-2004 by Nygdan]