Where To Hide If A Nuclear Bomb Is Dropped On Your City
businessinsider.com / By JENNIFER WELSH AND ANDY KIERSZ / JAN. 14, 2014, 7:22 PM
If you find yourself in the vicinity of a recently detonated nuclear bomb, you might be wondering, “What should I do?”
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory researcher Michael Dillon did some math to figure this out and his findings were published Jan. 14 in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical and Physical Sciences.
First, the scenario: You are in a large city that has just been subjected to a single, low-yield nuclear detonation, between 0.1 and 10 kilotons (that’s a little smaller than the bomb dropped on Hiroshima).
Studies have shown that you and up to 100,000 of your fellow citizens can be saved if you keep your radiation exposure low enough. That requires you to find a good place to hide and wait until the rescuers can make their way to you.
The U.S. government guidance suggests hiding in a nearby building, but not all of them provide much shelter from nuclear fallout.