Could We Survive a Nuclear War? Here’s What Experts Say

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One study from 2020 imagined a nuclear war between India and Pakistan, where the countries would exchange roughly 100 detonations similar in size and impact to Little Boy, the one that was sent to destroy Hiroshima (aka 15 kt yield each). If the regions would send the A-weapons to each other’s most populated urban areas, each neutron bomb would incinerate a zone of 105 miles.

In addition to that, this hypothetical scenario would generate 5 Tg (teragrams) of smoke and ash from wildfires and would cause several buildings to catch fire and produce even more disasters.

…Yield is typically measured in terms of the number of conventional explosives (TNT) that would be necessary to create a similar amount of energy. The units that are used are equivalent kilotons (KT) or megatons (MT), where one kiloton equals the energy generated by one million tons of TNT. 

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  1. If the Nuc’s fell from the sky, you can be pretty sure your life on this planet is just about over. I have heard all sorts saying they would go underground, but for how long, to survive. Well, that’s all and good but you have to come out from that soil some time and most will agree that even if the air was breathable your food source would have vanished or ungrowable from fallout. I myself would rather just watch the biggest fireworks display ever seen to mankind and then die quickly as the fallout pummels me other than being a grounder! Gotta die sometime so I prefer the fast way from the storm.

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