Frank Fiore – Novelist & Screenwriter

April 4, 2010

Is a Nuclear Blast Survivable?

Filed under: CyberKill,Frank Remarks — Frank Fiore @ 11:02 AM

Can we survive a nuclear detonation or even a dirty bomb attack? And if we do, is life worth living after the blast? In this day and age of potential nuclear terrorism these questions become paramount for our individual survival after such an attack.

I explore the use of a dirty bomb in my new book CyberKill.

A recent article WorldNet Daily explores this concept. The author, Joseph Farah, explains that a nuclear blast is not, as we are told by our political leaders, the end of the world for t hose who experience it. He states that surviving a radiological attack, or even a nuclear attack, is not hopeless at all – if people understand the potential, prepare for it and take simple, time-tested steps after such an event.

Case in point. In fact, two of them. Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

He writes:

Just 65 years ago, these cities were leveled by actual nuclear bombs – the only ones ever dropped on populated areas. Today they are bustling metropolises. In fact, they have been for decades.

That’s because while radiation is deadly, very deadly, it actually dissipates quite quickly – even in the first 24 hours. The main damage is caused by the blast. If you survive the blast, you have an excellent chance of surviving the radiation – if you can limit your exposure in a shelter or upwind from the detonation.

A dirty bomb is much less devastating because the blast is limited to the size of the conventional explosive device. Compared with an actual nuclear bomb, it’s a piece of cake. Again, the main threat is to those affected by the blast itself – and maybe those within a block or two.

People do survive nuclear blasts. Most people survived the initial blasts on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Many emerged from the rubble unscathed – only to die a miserable and unnecessary death from fallout. There were dire predictions the two islands would never be inhabited again – or at least for 75 years. Today those cities are much bigger, more prosperous and more healthy places to live than they were before the blasts. Here are pictures of Hiroshima and Nagasaki today.

This is Nagasaki.

This is Hiroshima

The dreadful fear of the aftermath use of nuclear weapons is not so much the weapon itself, but what it could lead too. As explains in the movie Thirteen Days about the Cuban missile crisis, use of tactical nukes leads to a tactical nuke response which leads to a strategic nuke response with H-bombs and that leads to ‘end-of-game’ scenarios.

So what do we learn from this. As Farah says, we can survive the affects of a nuclear blast if we understand what’s involved and take the proper precautions. Stay indoors for  at east 24 hours or leave the area upwind of the detonation.



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