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Old 09-14-2006, 11:40 AM   #1
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How to survive a nuclear attack:

Pretty interesting read:

How to survive a disaster. By David Shenk - Slate Magazine
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Re: How to survive a nuclear attack:

Just hop into a GT500 they are made out of lead, you will be 100% safe in it.
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Re: How to survive a nuclear attack:

pretty interesting.. if there was a nuclear war i doubt id want to survive. id hope id be instantly vaporized.
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pretty interesting.. if there was a nuclear war i doubt id want to survive. id hope id be instantly vaporized.
Chances are that if a nuclear weapon is detonated on US soil in the immediate future it wouldn't be the full scale nuclear war that everyone was prepared for during the 1950s-1980s. A limited exchange with a power like North Korea or a terrorist smuggled bomb is the most likely. So you'd probably not be instantly vaporized.
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Re: How to survive a nuclear attack:

Duck And Cover
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Re: How to survive a nuclear attack:

Depending on the scale of the attack, I may or may not want to survive it. I'm trying to remember the name of that book I had to read back in high school that was about what it was like after the US had been nuked...
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Re: How to survive a nuclear attack:

I've got one, Life After Nuclear War, that's pretty bad ***. I swiped it from the D-High library when I was an aid there. It examined the consequences of differrent limited attack senarios on the US. It didn't talk about any politcs or anything. It was just staight up, if nukes landed here and here, deaths from heat, blast, and radiation would be X and they examined the possible economic consequences over the next several years. Talk about being reduced to a statistic.
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Re: How to survive a nuclear attack:

The Day After is another good one, too. It's a made-for-tv-movie, but it does a pretty good job.
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Re: How to survive a nuclear attack:

What exactly is it that causes the tremendous explosion of a nuclear bomb? Is it Fusion or Fission? Neither? I'm just not getting how a bomb can contain something so powerful, and then when dropped cause such a trmendous explosion. I've never really seen the process explained...
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Re: How to survive a nuclear attack:

That is a pretty interesting read
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What exactly is it that causes the tremendous explosion of a nuclear bomb? Is it Fusion or Fission? Neither? I'm just not getting how a bomb can contain something so powerful, and then when dropped cause such a trmendous explosion. I've never really seen the process explained...
The bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki were fission bombs. One of them was a uranium "gun-type" bomb. Take a chunk of uranium and shoot another chunk of uranium into it. That's enough to start an uncontrolled chain reaction (one uranium atom splits, shoots off neutrons, which hit other atoms that split and shoot of neutrons, they hit atoms...you get the picture). The other WWII bomb was a plutonium bomb. It had a sphere of plutonium with shaped charges around it. When the charges go off, the sphere gets squeezed. Once it gets dense enough (goes critical, they call it) it starts the uncontrolled reaction.

Modern thermonuclear weapons are fusion bombs. They've got a fission warhead (like the plutonium warhead described above) and a pile of heavy isotopes of hydrogen (tritium and deuterium). The fission warhead goes off and puts off enough heat to cause the hydrogen to fuse.
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