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These Maps Show How Much Damage A Nuclear Blast Could Do To U.S. Cities

With North Korea’s recent threats and aggression giving hints at a possible nuclear war, the international community is rallying together to put a stop to allowing such a radical country to continue with their testing.

Unfortunately, the reality we live in currently sees a threatening rise in the possibility of nuclear war. With the U.S. dealing with its current state of continuous political upheaval, the international community is adamant about educating everyone on the disaster that could follow such an event. Tensions between the U.S. and North Korea are at an all-time high, and given the personalities of the leaders of both countries, it is unlikely that a diplomatic solution will be reached in the near future. An interactive browser titled NUKEMAP created by Alex Wellerstein can visualize the devastating effects of any nuclear blast with any city in the world. 

So then, what would happen if the U.S. had to deal with the fallout of such a disastrous and destructive event? What would such an event even look like? The following 25 pages of maps feature what the potential damage to major U.S. cities would look like if a nuclear attack were to occur.

1) The Blast Zone: In the Following Maps, these symbols will represent various parts of the destructive process of a nuclear explosion. The ball in the middle is roughly 0.56 miles in width and is the actual fireball of the explosion. The area just around the fireball that is green represents the extreme radiation from the explosion itself which is roughly 1.24 miles in width. The blue/grey area surrounding the radiation represents the airblast shockwave roughly 4.64 miles wide as a result of the explosion. Outside of the air blast is a ring that contains the thermal nuclear radiation roughly 6.54 miles wide. People in the last area containing thermal radiation that is left living would suffer from extremely serious burns at the very least. The following images show simulations of what might happen to America’s more heavily populated areas, including how the prevailing winds might change the area of damage.

2) Tampa Bay, Florida: At least 67,000 people will die in the explosion. Another 161,000 will be injured from the fallout of such an attack. Tampa usually sees a great deal of lightning or storms in the summer months, but this will be nothing compared to the destruction of a nuclear explosion.  

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