On a friend's page he wondered how to survive a possible nuclear attack. The North Koreans, and now the Chinese thanks to trump shaking their "Fiery Swords" at us. I replied in my usual jolly way.
"If you are anywhere within 50 miles of a multi warhead hit on a major city you are dead...period. This from direct blast injury from being buried under burning wreckage asphyxiation as all the air is sucked up by the multiple fire storms that will soon congeal into a vast regional blaze."
"If you are 100 miles away your chances because of the yield of modern warheads would be 1 in approx. 30. This because of panic break down of social order, and the radioactive frontal waves of smoke from the firestorms that will in a few hours reach you. Your chances increase the farther away from the burning region.
Your life expectancy increases the farther away you go.
If I had to be in a state that was hit I'd want to be at a minimum of 200+ miles from a multiple warhead ground zero. Even then I'd be on the move to get further away especially if the winds were in my direction. We must remember if a nuclear exchange between the major powers happens it will not be 'one' mere bomb from a plane. This the cold war stereotype of attack. Whole squadrons of ICBMs will be assigned to hundreds of individual military industrial financial, and yes cultural targets. This is intentional.
Understand this war for both sides is to the total destruction, and death of your enemies. The idea is to utterly destroy not just the military, and political centers, but the whole complete culture. To wipe you, and the memory of you from the face of the Earth. That is the true purpose of these frightful things.
That said you must know that each target will have 10 to as many as 50 warheads hit it. Especially if a military area or political center. For example. After the cold war when the Soviet achieves were for a short time open to western scholars we discovered that the Pentagon alone had 30+ warheads of varying strength targeted on it. One has to think in such terms if you think you're going to survive.
If you can see it or hear it you are immediately dead or dead in hours. However a terror nuke is another matter. This may be "just" the spreading of radioactive dust over a distance of 5 to 20 miles. That or a low yield radiological explosion. Perhaps a quarter+ the force of the Hiroshima bomb. These are survivable for many if circumstance is with us. Perhaps more that half the population of the target city 'may' live traumatized shortened post strike lives. This of course because of radiation induced cancers in the next 10 to 30 years. That's it in a nutshell for a "Terror Bomb". Things can vary because of type of warhead weather time of day social resilience, and local ground conditions.
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