Surviving a Nuclear Explosion – Nuclear Safety
What is a nuclear explosion?
A nuclear explosion can be defined as an act of releasing vast quantities of light, heat, and energy into a specific environment. These attributes are encompassed into a device, shell, rocket etc. and controlled remotely at tremendous speeds.
Similar to the nuclear weapons currently built by North Korea, Germany, the United States and other countries, in a bid to scare off hostile nations.
Weaponized nuclear technology evolved during the Second World War. History has it that atomic bombs have only been set off twice and on both occasions; the United States military detonated them.
This blog post aims at educating the world on the numerous events associated with a nuclear explosion.
There are quite a variety of nuclear explosions; some are carried out with no harm intended, while some are carried out to initiate damage. But in order to outlive a nuclear blast, you need to get acquainted with the nature and magnitude of damage caused by the various types of explosion.
What can you anticipate during an impromptu nuclear explosion?
The type of device used in carrying out the nuclear explosion determines the magnitude of damage initiated by a nuclear blast.
For instance, a metropolis with millions of residents can be erased with a 5-megaton nuclear bomb.
Unfortunately, a good number of hostile organizations and nations have access to a couple of weaponized nuclear technologies.
Predicting the amount of damaged caused by a nuclear explosion is absolutely impossible. Hence, it’s best if we get ourselves acquainted with the various ways these nuclear blasts can be detrimental to our lives and properties.
1. Shield your eyes – The light emitted from these nuclear devices and the explosion itself, can lead to permanent or temporary blindness.
Covering the eyes is imperative as our eyes are not capable of handling these light rays. Note that the light emitted during a nuclear explosion takes a total of fifteen seconds before vanishing.
2. Cover Your Skin –The human skin is severely fragile, and this can be seen during a nuclear explosion. When an explosion occurs, even a person standing some 15 miles away from the blast can experience burns similar to those on the place of impact.
When someone approaches a blast environs, he/she will feel some nuclear burn, similar to sunburn but deadlier.
3. The Heat Wave –The heat emitted by a nuclear explosion is as slow as the sound of thunder heard after a lightning strike, though it might take a couple of seconds before you can feel the heat wave sinking down your environment.
The more significant your distance from a nuclear blast environment, the longer it takes the heat to wave off.
If you are fortunate enough to be some 20+ miles away from the blast, then you have an average of one minute to move further away to preserve your skin from severe burns.
4. Be wary of Fires – A nuclear explosion generates a tremendous amount of light as well as a massive amount of heat.
The heat generated, can combust manmade structures as far as 20 miles away from the impact. Therefore if you home is some 5 to 20 miles away from a nuclear explosion site, be prepared for sudden fire outbreak in your home and surrounding environs.
5. Anticipate Structural Damage –Immediately after a nuclear explosion, significant structural damages occur. If the blast occurred some 3 to 5 miles away from any structure, that structure would certainly be destroyed.
All the structures within these miles will either collapse or burn; same is also applicable to all living things.
All structures located with some 15 miles away from the explosion will be exposed to some huge amount of radiations, and will likely be inhabitable for any living creature.
Kindly note that the estimated figures mentioned in this article, are for a 5-megaton nuclear bomb. If for instance, a 20-megaton atomic bomb goes off, the damage radius will be raised by 20 percent. If you are lucky to have your home situated between mountains or valleys, it would only suffer some minor physical damages, though the risk of radiation remains huge.