How To Survive Nuclear Explosion
You’re an aging archaeologist, and let’s face it, your life may have been filled with adventure but you’ve definitely seen better days. Also, some kid just showed up in your life claiming he’s yours and there are rumors he’s there to take over your daring adventures while you sit out in retirement, the only problem is this kid has the world’s most punchable face and nobody really likes him. Or the idea of him taking over your iconic hat and bullwhip. As a matter of fact, EVERYBODY HATES THAT IDEA. But that doesn’t matter right now because you’ve been taken hostage by a group of Soviet spies, and in a classic case of wrong place, wrong time, you’re now sitting smack-dab in the middle of a nuclear test area.
Suddenly, you see the flash in the distance, and you know you’ve got seconds to figure out how to survive a nuclear explosion! Whether you really are a daring archaeologist stuck in the wrong place at the wrong time, or just an average joe going on about your life when suddenly Armageddon strikes, worries about how to survive nuclear explosions have been increasing as the world appears to be swinging back into a new Cold War- only this time it’s between three major powers, not just two. But how in the world do you really survive a nuclear explosion, and is survival even realistic? The good news is, it’s totally possible to survive a nuclear explosion.
The bad news is that for most folks the explosion isn’t what poses the greatest danger, it’s the radioactive fallout. But let’s take this step by step and figure out how to save your life in the case of nuclear armageddon. The first key to figuring out your odds of survival is one critical question: was the detonation an airburst or a groundburst? It may seem like the height at which a nuclear weapon explodes is largely a moot point, nukes are after all the most destructive weapons ever created. But the truth is that the difference between nuke blowing up at a street level, or just a few hundred or thousand feet above street level can make all the difference. Cities tend to be lousy with buildings, and even when dealing with the titanic forces of a nuclear explosion, buildings can do a lot to seriously deflate the explosive potential of a nuke.
Row after row of densely packed apartment complexes and office buildings can all serve to block the explosive power of a nuke, limiting its destructive potential by as much as fifty percent. The fireball radius where the material is instantly disintegrated can be as much as 25 percent smaller, but the radius where overpressure causes building collapse is much, much smaller compared to an airburst. Airbursts are designed for maximum destruction, with the weapon detonating just a few thousand feet above the target. This allows the explosive radius to extend much further as it’s not being blocked by buildings and other terrain obstacles.