If you were lucky enough to survive the initial blast then don’t count your irradiated chickens just yet, because only half of the deaths from the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings took place on the day they were dropped.
The Little Boy bomb dropped on Hiroshima had a blast yield of 15 kilotons of TNT, and its material fissioning was only 1.7% as efficient as it should have been, yet even this apocalyptic device is considered small fry by modern standards.
When a nuclear explosion takes place it kicks up radioactive dust and ash into the air; and since what comes up must come down, those who survived the immediate blast will be treated to a lovely shower of radioactive fallout material.
The huge amounts of carbon thrown into the air by just a few nuclear detonations would cause a global drop in worldwide temperatures, so maybe this is the solution to climate change we’ve been looking for all along.
If fallout were to land in your own back yard you’d probably think twice about eating those beets and cabbages now they’re starting to glow in the dark.
Nuclear explosions are just as deadly for machines as they are for man, so even if we are taken over by a race of artificially intelligent robots, they’ll have as much to fear from nukes as we do.
Since most nuclear air raid sirens were decommissioned in the 1990s, many nations have now implemented text messaging systems to inform the public in the event of a nuclear assault.
After the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki a term was developed to describe those who survived – Hibakusha.
When the sole purpose of humanity is one of survival, those tiny slithers of precious metal and paper become about as pointless as putting on sunblock when the Tsar Bomba strikes.
When the bombs drop a Government loses much of its authority almost immediately, even if many senior figures are still alive afterwards.
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