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Nuclear Blast Mapper
PBS/American Experience ^

Posted on 10/31/2001 10:46:37 AM PST by WxMan2000

Click on the above link for an interactive site that maps the blast damage and fallout patterns from a
hypothetical nuclear blast in the city of your choice.


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Had a co-worker show me this today. Seems fitting with all the nuclear terror talk this week...
1 posted on 10/31/2001 10:46:39 AM PST by WxMan2000
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To: WxMan2000
Holy Cow! I just took a look at just a 1MT ground blast in Downtown Dallas. I would be just inside the 12psi circle here at work.

I guess the only good thing that I could pull out of that, is that no matter what size nuke hit downtown, I would never know what hit me.

2 posted on 10/31/2001 11:09:12 AM PST by SpottedBeaver
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To: WxMan2000; mykdsmom
How cheerful! Just what we need.

I'll have fun with this one, dude.

MKM - Heads up!

3 posted on 10/31/2001 11:11:13 AM PST by Constitution Day
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To: WxMan2000
Looking at the Fallout estimates, how can that be related to a "dirty Nuke"?

What is the estimated amount of REMs produced?

4 posted on 10/31/2001 11:11:47 AM PST by Portnoy
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To: WxMan2000
What I want to see is a mapper that would show a 25 megaton Nuke with an additional payload of 80,000 gallons of egg salad...and then show me where the furthest yoke would land.
5 posted on 10/31/2001 11:13:07 AM PST by francisandbeans
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To: WxMan2000
A bit disappointing - No choices for Afghanistan, Syria, or Saudi Arabia.
6 posted on 10/31/2001 11:13:34 AM PST by Bill Rice
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To: Registered
!


7 posted on 10/31/2001 11:13:43 AM PST by Constitution Day
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To: WxMan2000
That's some scary sh$t.
8 posted on 10/31/2001 11:14:23 AM PST by gcraig
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To: Constitution Day
Gee, I was just going to send you a BIG BANG! on this one.

Garde la Foi, mes amis! Nous nous sommes les sauveurs de la République! Maintenant et Toujours!
(Keep the Faith, my friends! We are the saviors of the Republic! Now and Forever!)

LoanPalm, le Républicain du verre cassé (The Broken Glass Republican)

9 posted on 10/31/2001 11:14:23 AM PST by LonePalm
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To: WxMan2000
I tried the 25MT airburst over San Diego. My house is a good ways away from downtown (about 8 miles), and I'm still in the "everything gets flattened" ring (5-12 psi). Happy thought: I'm next to a canyon, my house might be in a blast shadow.
10 posted on 10/31/2001 11:15:45 AM PST by Poohbah
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To: Constitution Day
I guess that Registered's bombing run needed a little second-wave, clean-up action.
11 posted on 10/31/2001 11:18:37 AM PST by SpottedBeaver
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To: WxMan2000
Very Cool - especially because my house is 30+ miles outside of town. FReepers - I will fondly remember each and every one of you.

Better idea - let's get this *&^$# trash before they get us.

12 posted on 10/31/2001 11:19:37 AM PST by bond7
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To: WxMan2000
This is depressing. I'm going back to the cow thread.
13 posted on 10/31/2001 11:19:45 AM PST by MomwithHope
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To: Poohbah
Zounds!
Very depressing. I am toast here in Boston's North End... Not even a contest.

Anyone know the possible tonnage of a "backpack" nuke?

14 posted on 10/31/2001 11:20:24 AM PST by awestk
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To: WxMan2000
I'd be vapor.
15 posted on 10/31/2001 11:20:36 AM PST by NativeNewYorker
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To: WxMan2000

Anybody got any marshmallows?

16 posted on 10/31/2001 11:21:01 AM PST by JZoback
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To: WxMan2000
All of a sudden it's discomforting to be working so close to 1 Microsoft Way, Redmond WA 98052.

( )==|

=8^O

17 posted on 10/31/2001 11:21:08 AM PST by Eala
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To: Constitution Day
Well look at Raleigh and then the fallout range for a 1 meg . Looks like Hatteras or Buxton would be about the only safe place
18 posted on 10/31/2001 11:21:46 AM PST by billbears
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To: WxMan2000
Maybe if more people see this, then property values in the West Valley of Phoenix will reflect their survival potential rather than the 'snob' value of the East Valley!-)
19 posted on 10/31/2001 11:21:49 AM PST by beowolf
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To: WxMan2000
Not that Grand Rapids would be a prime target, but I'd be only a memory.
20 posted on 10/31/2001 11:22:16 AM PST by Wrigley
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To: Victoria Delsoul; 2sheep
1 Mt Surface Blast: Pressure Damage

New York, NY


Key:
12 psi 12 psi (pounds per square inch)
Radius: 1.7 miles
[Note: The outside edge of this shaded area represents the 12 psi ring. Blast pressure within the ring is greater than 12 psi; blast pressure outside the ring is less than 12 psi.]
At the center of the ring lies a crater 200 feet deep and 1000 feet in diameter. The rim of this crater is 1,000 feet wide and is composed of highly radioactive soil and debris. Nothing recognizable remains within about 3,200 feet (0.6 miles) from the center, except, perhaps, the remains of some buildings' foundations. At 1.7 miles, only some of the strongest buildings -- those made of reinforced, poured concrete -- are still standing. Ninety-eight percent of the population in this area are dead.
5 psi 5 psi
Radius: 2.7 miles
Virtually everything is destroyed between the 12 and 5 psi rings. The walls of typical multi-story buildings, including apartment buildings, have been completely blown out. The bare, structural skeletons of more and more buildings rise above the debris as you approach the 5 psi ring. Single-family residences within this this area have been completely blown away -- only their foundations remain. Fifty percent of the population between the 12 and 5 psi rings are dead. Forty percent are injured.
2 psi 2 psi
Radius: 4.7 miles
Any single-family residences that have not been completely destroyed are heavily damaged. The windows of office buildings have been blown away, as have some of their walls. Everything on these buildings' upper floors, including the people who were working there, are thrown onto the street. Substantial debris clutters the entire area. Five percent of the population between the 5 and 2 psi rings are dead. Forty-five percent are injured.
1 psi 1 psi
Radius: 7.4 miles
Residences are moderately damaged. Commercial buildings have sustained minimal damage. Twenty-five percent of the population between the 2 and 1 psi rings have been injured, mainly by flying glass and debris. Many others have been injured from thermal radiation -- the heat generated by the blast. The remaining seventy-five percent are unhurt.



NOTE: This information is drawn mainly from "The Effects of Nuclear War" (Washington: Office of Technology Assessment, Congress of the United States, 1979). The zones of destruction mapped out on this page are broad generalizations and do not take into account factors such as weather and geography.


1 Mt Surface Blast: Fallout Map

New York, NY


Assumptions
Wind speed: 15 mph
Wind direction: due east
Time frame: 7 days


Key
3000 Rems 3,000 Rem*
Distance: 30 miles
Much more than a lethal dose of radiation. Death can occur within hours of exposure. About ten years will need to pass before levels of radioactivity in this area drop low enough to be considered safe, by U.S. peacetime standards.
900 Rem 900 Rem
Distance: 90 miles
A lethal dose of radiation. Death occurs from two to fourteen days.
300 Rem 300 Rem
Distance: 160 miles
Causes extensive internal damage, including harm to nerve cells and the cells that line the digestive tract. Also results in a loss of white blood cells and temporary hair loss.
90 Rem 90 Rem
Distance: 250 miles
No immediate harmful effects, but does result in a temporary decrease in white blood cells. Two to three years will need to pass before radioactivity levels in this area drop low enough to be considered safe, by U.S. peacetime standards.

*Rem: Stands for "roentgen equivalent man." It is a measurement used to quantify the amount of radiation that will produce certain biological effects.

NOTE: This information is drawn mainly from "The Effects of Nuclear War" (Washington: Office of Technology Assessment, Congress of the United States, 1979). The zones of destruction mapped out on this page are broad generalizations and do not take into account factors such as weather and geography.

To find out more about fallout, as well as other effects of the explosion, go to Effects of a Nuclear Explosion.
22 posted on 10/31/2001 11:23:36 AM PST by Sir Gawain
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To: Portnoy
I live just outside of Detroit to miss out on the worst blast and fallout. Too bad about windsor and the rest of Ontario all the way to niagra falls - people there way to nice to glow in the dark from fallout.
23 posted on 10/31/2001 11:23:44 AM PST by epluribus_2
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To: SpottedBeaver
Hey Spot:

I just did the same thing for downtown Dallas (I'm at Bryan and Akard Streets) We're both dead. Want to scare yourself? (It is Halloween, after all) Look at the 25 MT blast map. Looks like "substantial damage" to my house all the way up in McKinney!

24 posted on 10/31/2001 11:23:47 AM PST by Defend the Second
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To: Wrigley
Already Posted. Afew days ago. Good Program Huh?

Go see a entire listing of Nuclear simulation programs HERE...

26 posted on 10/31/2001 11:24:38 AM PST by vannrox
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To: epluribus_2
Just a thought, anyone try Kabul, (Islamabad, Bagdad, Cairo, Kandahar? Hehe
27 posted on 10/31/2001 11:25:46 AM PST by epluribus_2
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To: awestk
Whaddaya mean...I thought the Ted Williams Tunnel doubled as a fallout shelter...
28 posted on 10/31/2001 11:25:56 AM PST by ken5050
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To: WxMan2000
Oh, everybody cheer up! Just type in “Berkeley, CA” and have a laugh.
29 posted on 10/31/2001 11:26:11 AM PST by Fred25
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To: WxMan2000
Oh great, I Live and work w/in 12 miles of Downtown L.A. I just never thought about it happening seriously.AND I only checked the 1 Megaton Blast.I'm sure it would be Larger than 1 Megaton if one was dropped here.This is really an eye-opener for me.Fascinatingly (temporarily)scary,when you think about the fallout zone going out 50 miles to the 15 freeway.
30 posted on 10/31/2001 11:26:25 AM PST by Pagey
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To: WxMan2000
000
31 posted on 10/31/2001 11:27:36 AM PST by BunnySlippers
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To: billbears
"Looks like Hatteras or Buxton would be about the only safe place"

I'll meet you at the Sandbar & Grille! You think those little drink umbrellas will protect us from the fallout?...

32 posted on 10/31/2001 11:29:48 AM PST by Hatteras
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To: SpottedBeaver; LoanPalm
Ain't I a stinker?
33 posted on 10/31/2001 11:29:50 AM PST by Constitution Day
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To: epluribus_2
I live just outside of Detroit also...but to the West.
34 posted on 10/31/2001 11:30:10 AM PST by Portnoy
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To: BunnySlippers
Kabul Afghanistan
35 posted on 10/31/2001 11:30:30 AM PST by epluribus_2
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To: WxMan2000
Not very interesting since I could not map to 'Mecca'.
36 posted on 10/31/2001 11:30:40 AM PST by isthisnickcool
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To: Defend the Second
Yeah, I tried that one too. The blast goes all the way up to far north Dallas, where I live. Something scary to think about.
37 posted on 10/31/2001 11:30:41 AM PST by SpottedBeaver
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To: WxMan2000
Click here

Send some of this to OBL

38 posted on 10/31/2001 11:32:55 AM PST by JZoback
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To: SpottedBeaver
Latest Pentagon Bombing report via Registered...........

LINK

40 posted on 10/31/2001 11:33:38 AM PST by Fred25
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To: Portnoy
think your safe unless they nuke 'narbor. (I'm fine unless they go for the GM proving grounds)
41 posted on 10/31/2001 11:34:32 AM PST by epluribus_2
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To: Constitution Day
Ain't I a stinker?

You sure are. Besides, Bezerkly needed the second strike.

42 posted on 10/31/2001 11:34:47 AM PST by SpottedBeaver
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To: WxMan2000
Yikes! This reaffirms my decision to take a nice, long drive on the day of the Super Bowl! My house is outside of the blast radius for the smaller nuke, but not the big one. In the case of a smaller yield device, at least I'd be west of the blast, opposite the prevailing winds and fallout.

The building where I work is about two blocks from the Superdome, so I wouldn't even have time to think "WTF was That?!" before being incinerated. Gotta remember to look into that telecommuting thing. :-D

43 posted on 10/31/2001 11:35:03 AM PST by Charles Martel
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To: WxMan2000
Thanks for the site. I just sent the data to a couple of younger relatives who would be down wind of SF!

To those posting the 25 megaton boomer, just remember that more than likely about 99.999% of this happening would be with a dirty bomb that would be in a back pack or suitcase!

The actual flattening effect would be severely limited to a small area. The lethal effect would be the down wind fallout over the next week or so!

So the sad reality would be the, "1. Mt Surface Blast: Fallout Map".

44 posted on 10/31/2001 11:37:06 AM PST by Grampa Dave
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To: Defend the Second
"I just did the same thing for downtown Dallas (I'm at Bryan and Akard Streets) We're both dead. "

I live in Cedar Hill and tested to see what would happen if a bomb was dropped on Akard St. One meg re radiation and we are dead. But would escape pressure damage and fire burns. In other words, we are dead but not toast.

45 posted on 10/31/2001 11:37:13 AM PST by Theresa
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To: Hatteras; billbears
"Looks like Hatteras or Buxton would be about the only safe place"
"You think those little drink umbrellas will protect us from the fallout?..."

See ya there!

Your idea could work... see story from just the other day: Toy balloons take pilot to 11,000ft record

46 posted on 10/31/2001 11:37:22 AM PST by Constitution Day
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To: WxMan2000
It seems that any "dirty nukes" would have a much smaller blast (on the order of kilotons, not megatons)
but the fallout will inflict many more casualties than the blast itself.

Such big blasts were what we were expecting if the former Soviet Onion ever launched a full strike...

49 posted on 10/31/2001 11:57:34 AM PST by WxMan2000
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To: Theresa
Look's like you guys are having fun, but your blast calculations are way off. Most military ICBM warheads are in the 300-500 kiloton range and a "backpack" or "suitcase" nuke is in the 1/3 - 1 kiloton range. Much smaller, much less damage.
50 posted on 10/31/2001 12:05:51 PM PST by majordomo
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