In the February issue of the International Journal of Health Geographics, two University of Georgia scientists mapped the possible effect of a nuclear explosion in metropolitan Washington, D.C., as well as three other cities (New York City, Chicago and Atlanta).
According to the article, a 500 kiloton bomb detonated close to the surface of Washington, D.C., would create a blast intensity of at least 1 pound per square inch (which can knock people off their feet) from Takoma Park, Md., to about Alexandria, Va.
The problem is that â€œthe highest impacts of radiation generally occur when people are caught in the open, or, are tied up in traffic jams trying to escape in vehicles,â€ according to the article. The authors conclude that Washington needs better planning for fallout response.
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