Thinking About the Unthinkable

I live in a big city, three miles from a known terrorist target. I wonder and worry about nuclear terrorism.

This is what I think about: What’s the likelihood of a nuclear attack (NA)? What can I do to prepare? If I don’t die in the blast, how can I survive a NA and how do I deal with contamination? What will life will be like after a NA?

I don’t know a lot about surviving a nuclear bomb, but I’m curious. I have a lot of questions and, as I find the answers, I’ll be blogging about it. I hope others more knowledgeable will chime in.

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2 Comments on “Thinking About the Unthinkable”

  1. surviveanukeattack Says:

    Thanks for the plug. Given the severity of the subject, I’m surprised how little coverage it gets.

    A small town may have to worry about a fallout plume traveling some distance—any big cities due west of you? Also, depending upon the target, it’s quite possible your lifestyle could be affected, eg, nuking the Port of Los Angeles, the largest port in the U.S, with a 10 kiloton bomb—this is from a study by the Rand Corp.—would also take out the Port of Long Beach, which would create supply disruptions across the country. Also, what if people decided to flee cities—in fear of more nukes–and move to small towns? If you have money in the stock market, I don’t want to think about the market pricing in a nuke attack.

    I think “Alas, Babylon” was recommended to me years ago, pre-amazon.com days, but I’m not a big fiction reader. Given its sales rank (5,000-ish when I looked) on a book published over 30 years ago, it’s obviously a major book and I’ve added it to my amazon buy list. Thanks.

  2. Michael Says:

    Fascinating blog. It’s something I’m curious about, though I live in a moderately small city (though if it came down to full-scale nuclear war, who knows if we’d get hit?) Anyway, have you read Alas, Babylon? If not, you should. It’s right up your alley.


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