Let’s discover the true impact if we Nuke a Large City today. Not a nuclear war, only one explosion. We start our story from the center of a significantly large city. People are getting ready for their work, study for his or her exams, immersed in their ideas and in their daily lives. Here, a nuclear bomb exploded and time stopped.
Early effects of the nuclear explosion
The first stage of the explosion materialized in part of a second. In a milisecond, a ball of plasma appears hotter than the sun and expands into a fireball up to 2 kilometers wide. Whoever and whatever is inside of this ball immediately vanished. Imagine you poured water over an awfully hot pan. It gets buzzed and then there will be nothing left. Most of the cars, buildings, trees, tacky statues and other people, all evaporated.
First, the flash, a large wave of light washes over the town in an immediate effect. If your eyes were directed towards the explosion then you will be blind for a few hours. The heat of this light produces a thermal pulse. It would be so energetic and so hot that everything within the radius 13 kilometers of the explosion would start burning. This simply means that anything flammable within an area of 500 square kilometers will start to burn. Plastic, wood, garment, hair, leather, literally anything that is flammable. If you are within this area of the thermal pulse, in a moment you are headed to your work and in the next, you are on fire.
Now the second stage, which takes place in a few seconds. Most of the people will now notice that something is wrong but it is already too late for many thousands. The flash is followed by the thermal wave. The heat and rays of the fireball creates a bubble of super hot and super compressed gas around it, which is now able to start expanding explosively. Hyper sonic speeds, forming winds stronger than hurricanes and tornadoes. The infrastructures in the city will be like pieces of domino. Most large buildings within a kilometer of the fireball are completely destroyed. Only steel reinforced buildings will partially resist the pressure.
The gardens and the trees that were blackened and smoldering from the thermal wave a second ago, crack like toothpicks. If you were outside, it might throw you away like a softball in the hurricane. The strength of the thermal wave diminishes as it expands. However, it’ll destroy most of the buildings in about 175 square kilometers, as if they were made of playing cards. Trapping thousands of people for whom there was no time left to react. Gas stations explode and spread fire to the remaining.
The mushroom cloud of debris
A mushroom cloud will appear made up of fireball remnants, dust and ash ascending kilometers toward the sky, reflecting a dark shadow over the destroyed city. This can violently attract the fresh air that surrounds the town destroying more buildings and bringing in an abundance of oxygen. If there is more fuel in the city then the fireplaces will turn out to be fiery storms that scorch the debris, the people those are trapped underneath, and also the people who are attempting to flee from the disaster.
Up to 21 kilometers from the nuclear explosion, people such as you are taking pictures of the cloud from the window, unaware that the thermal wave was still coming towards them. Their windows are about to get shattered and create a sharp glass storm.
The after effects nuclear explosion
The third stage will start within the coming hours and days. We are used to the idea that rescue will come regardless of any disaster, but now, it’s different, the intensity of a nuclear explosion is like getting hit by all of the natural disasters simultaneously. There are hundreds of thousands or may be millions of people seriously injured, wounds, fractures, and severe burns. Thanks to these injuries, thousands of more will die within the coming hours.
Countless numbers of people are trapped under rubble, or blinded by the radiation, or unable to listen because of the thermal wave or unable to cross roads stricken by rubble and debris. They are terrified, confused, and unaware of what is happening around them and why. Most likely, hospital buildings too are destroyed just like other buildings and most doctors and nurses are either dead or injured, like everyone else. The lucky survivors who were under the metro tunnels or someplace else protected, are not going to avoid the harm yet.
Depending on the type of weapon used, where it exploded, and even the weather, a horrible black rain begins. With radioactive dust and ash descending on the city, covering everything and everyone. Then comes the horror of hidden and silent radiation. Each breath carries poison into the survivors’ lungs. Over the period of the next few days, those exposed to the highest dose of radiation will die. There’ll be no rescue for hours or maybe even days. Civilization doesn’t function when all of the infrastructures are destroyed. Dead-end roads, train tracks warped, runways filled with rubble.
You are on your own: Nuke a Large City
There is no water, no electricity, no communication, or no stores to get anything. Help from neighboring cities find many problems to even enter the destroyed city and even if they can, the radioactive contamination would make approaching anything very dangerous. After a nuclear explosion, you are on your own. Bit by bit, people may start emerging from the debris on their feet poisoned by radiation, carrying whatever they can. They’re slow, in pain, in shock, and definitely need water, food, and immediate medical attention.
The damage done by the nuclear explosion doesn’t end with the extinguishing of fire or clearing of smoke. The Hospitals in neighboring cities aren’t equipped for such disasters and fail to bear the tens of thousands who are seriously injured. In the weeks, months and years to come, many of the survivors will die to cancers like leukemia. The explanation to why governments hide such things is because of the absence of any serious human response to a possible nuclear explosion at the moment. Helping the victims immediately for this kind of explosion is impossible.
This can not be compared to a hurricane, wildfire, earthquake or a nuclear accident, it’s all of these disasters but to a much worse degree.There is no country on earth is prepared to deal with it. The planet has changed in recent years, World leaders are now publicly and openly threaten one another with nuclear weapons. Many experts suspect that the risks of a nuclear attack has increased compared to the previous decades.
Governments tell their citizens that it is good to have nuclear weapons. But it is bad when the other gets them. That it is necessary to threaten others with mass destruction in order to keep our self safe. But does this really make you safe? It only takes a small group of powerful people to go crazy or rogue, a small misunderstanding or a wrong decision is enough to unleash an unparalleled disaster.
What you can do to stop getting Nuked.
There is a solution. Eliminate all nuclear weapons and sign a pledge not to manufacture them again. In 2017, almost two-thirds of all the countries in the world, with the support of hundreds of civil organizations and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent movements agreed to prohibit and eliminate nuclear weapons.
The problem is not that who has these or who doesn’t but the weapons themselves. It is deeply immoral and an existential threat to all of us. Whatever your country or political orientation, we need to demand that these should be removed forever. This will only happen through pressure. If you want to be a part of this pressure, there are things you can do personally. Visit NotoNukes to learn more about nuclear weapons and what you can do about them.
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