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A nuclear attack is the worst thing imaginable. And with the current crisis in North Korea, it sounds like something we could see in our lifetime. The immediate death – no matter how bad it sounds – is not the worst part. The aftermath that follows after the initial blast spreads like poison and is fatal to all living things for miles.
Our current world is full of conflicts. The terror attacks in Europe and Middle-East, North Korea developing long-range missiles and Russia violating treaties to upgrade their nuclear arsenal are among the few to note.
The threat of nuclear attack and dirty-bombs remains constant.
A bright flash of light is the only indication you’ll get when a nuclear bomb goes off, the blasting sound will come much later. The light may cause flash blindness if you’re within 50 miles or so. You may also incur first to third-degree burns if you are alive within 10 miles of the blast point.
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The biggest concern is the nuclear fallout.
Michael Dillon, a Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory researcher, published a study in 2014 on how to survive the fallout. The study was published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical and Physical Sciences.
Fallout is a mess of bomb material, soil, and debris that is vaporized, made radioactive and sprinkled with dust and ash across the landscape by prevailing winds. The best place to survive is to put a barrier between you and the radioactive dust. The denser the better. The best shelters are made from thick brick or concrete and without windows.
Here’s an infographic to that shows what will be a good and a bad place to hide from a nuclear fallout.
If there is a chance to move to a better shelter, do it. Radiation exposure for five minutes or less is acceptable in the exchange. If the place is much further away, then wait for another hour as the fallout will recede reducing your exposure.
While waiting in the shelter, stay away from doors and windows. Take a shower or wipe your body clean with a wet cloth. Discard your contaminated clothing and place it in a sealed bag. While showering, you can use soap and shampoo but take care not to scrub or scratch your skin. In addition, clean your nose and wipe your eyelids, eyelashes, and ears.
Should you stay or should you go?
Make sure to drink bottled water and eat food from sealed packs. Listen to any radio or TV broadcast to stay updated on rescue notices.
It’s terrible that we have to write articles like this, but it’s a sad reality of modern warfare.
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