How to Survive a Nuclear Attack

RiffRaff

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Doc said:
Green said:
I guess the big question is, are you within 60-80 miles of a strategic target?
There are likely bigger badder nukes out there that we don't know about...
If not this brings up the question of what protective gear you have on hand?
The bare minimum would be a chemical suit, a Geiger counter, an effective NBC gas mask with spare NBC rated filters, potassium iodide tablets and lots duck tape. Unless you are able to bug out fairly quickly hunger and thirst would quickly become a big problem.
In the event of a nuclear exchange against russia or china many 1000s of nukes will likely be detonated across the planet.
Like you said the odds of survival are not nessesarily zero, they are however very low unless you are extremely prepared, itd be pretty easy to forget something important in your bug out bag only to realize it when it's too late..

This is often overthought. To survive the warheads themselves you need:

1) Not to burn up
2) Not to be blown up
3) Uncontaminated water.
4) Less than 2 Gy.

And that's it.

All four can easily be achived by manipulating your geographical position or your physical surroundings or a combination.

All of my research and training basically boils down to this. If you can survive the actual detonations and immediate heavy fallout, you should be able to survive long-term, provided you have the proper knowledge and preparations to do so.
 

Doc

Well-known member
RiffRaff said:
Doc said:
Green said:
I guess the big question is, are you within 60-80 miles of a strategic target?
There are likely bigger badder nukes out there that we don't know about...
If not this brings up the question of what protective gear you have on hand?
The bare minimum would be a chemical suit, a Geiger counter, an effective NBC gas mask with spare NBC rated filters, potassium iodide tablets and lots duck tape. Unless you are able to bug out fairly quickly hunger and thirst would quickly become a big problem.
In the event of a nuclear exchange against russia or china many 1000s of nukes will likely be detonated across the planet.
Like you said the odds of survival are not nessesarily zero, they are however very low unless you are extremely prepared, itd be pretty easy to forget something important in your bug out bag only to realize it when it's too late..

This is often overthought. To survive the warheads themselves you need:

1) Not to burn up
2) Not to be blown up
3) Uncontaminated water.
4) Less than 2 Gy.

And that's it.

All four can easily be achived by manipulating your geographical position or your physical surroundings or a combination.

All of my research and training basically boils down to this. If you can survive the actual detonations and immediate heavy fallout, you should be able to survive long-term, provided you have the proper knowledge and preparations to do so.

Exactly. 3 to 8 weeks. After that you will just have to live with faster aging, an immuosystem not quite what it was, an increased cancer-risk and funny newborns. The numbers from the 60ies through 90ies indicate that your grandkids, or worst case, your great-grandkids, will live in a world pretty much back to normal - as far as the radiation goes.

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Even though, should the numbers of eradic civilians overpower your government, you might have to teach them Russian.

Interestingly enough, studies of the biotope around the #4 reactor seem to suggest that major adaptaions occur in vertebraes and plants. Both on an individual level - DNA repair enzymes gearing up, antioxidants being produced, enzymes hypermethylate the DNA molecule to protect it, et cetera - and on a populus level, those fragments of the population with better repair- and protection-enzymes thrive.

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1365-2435.12283/full
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0027510703001039
 
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