Not even the crazed United States President Trump whose multibillion-dollar business empire could bring him to another planet haven, away from the contamination of radiation and save himself if his dirty finger presses the nuclear button.
If the U.S. government loses its head and take on the challenge of North Korea to start World War 3, there’s every chance that we, as U.S. ally, will be as much vulnerable to attacks from the enemies of the United States of America.
A friend based in the land of milk and honey shared some information that gives us an idea of what could happen if and when a nuclear war suddenly erupts.
As the world is getting smaller because of the advent of the cyber technology that is making it easier for us to communicate in seconds to friends and relatives on the other side of the planet, so is the possibility that our vulnerable planet could be gone in seconds if and when someone pushes “the button”.
While it is hard to digest the technological jargons about the making of a nuclear warhead, and appreciating its meaning could toss us away from our mental capacity, it is easier to think ahead what it would mean to us should a huge fireball suddenly blows up everything dear to us.
Using our sad experience of the improvised bomb that some jerk erupted at the Roxas night market that killed countless innocent lives, we can start to think in macro terms.
One scenario that Greg Fish, an American writer who is a critic of Trump puts out is if the U.S. launches 100 or so missiles at North Korea. The following are the grim but possible scenarios that Fish put out.
He conjectures that it will take about 35 to 45 minutes to hit all their targets and it’s extremely likely that everyone will go off exactly as expected since American nukes are precisely engineered and thoroughly reliable. After a hundred mushroom clouds will dissipate some really, really bad things will start to happen at a fairly rapid pace.
North Korea will be in ruins, and while it won’t glow with radiation, its territory will be lethal to any living thing. A smaller strike will leave patches of relatively safe territory in the mountainous terrain, but as North Korea occupies almost exactly the same land area as Pennsylvania, there’s not much room to hide, so a stiff breeze can cover survivors under a fallout cloud very quickly.
After the initial burst of gamma rays created by the blasts, the heavy elements from the fission primary, the uranium spark plug, casing, and tamper, will mix with the air currents generated by the heat of the nuclear fireballs and come down as a black, sticky rain after about 40 minutes to an hour.
This is exactly what happened in Hiroshima, but that was one explosion. The combined soot and heat from 100 blasts would be like a massive volcanic eruption, except it would also be far, far deadlier. Depending on the weather conditions, it’s not out of the question to see black rainstorms across the entire region.
And herein lays the problem. The affected region would include China, U.S.’ arch rival Russia, and allies Japan and South Korea. Radioactive particles will spread across the Northern Hemisphere, ending up in Hawaii, Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California, and the Canadian Pacific Coast.
The sea creatures many nations around the Pacific Rim rely on for food would be killed or contaminated. Tens of millions will be poisoned or sickened, and even several generations down the line, there will be numerous birth defects and cases of aggressive cancers as lower intensity fallout takes its toll.
Even worse, about 100 W88 detonations, or bombs like this, are more than enough to start nuclear winter. As the radioactive soot travels across the world, carried by currents high in the atmosphere, it begins to blot out the sun, cooling the planet. While this could temporarily stop global warming, it will also collapse countless food
chains, and guarantee failure of harvests blighted with the unstable isotopes raining from the sky, then denied sunlight, even after replanting and disposing of the contaminated soil to start rebuilding.
America’s enemies may be dead and dying, but all of the U.S. and its allies will also have to deal with the fallout, the nuclear winter’s decade or so of hungry years, and the long term residual effects of
being irradiated. Over 371.8 million people live in the region in question, and tens of millions more could also feel the effects of the fallout and food shortages.
It’s hard to estimate how many will succumb because that depends on numerous factors like the wind, weather, and the timing and precise location of the explosions, but it will certainly be in the low eight figures at the very least.
A smaller strike would stave off nuclear winter and lessen the possible long term casualties from the disruption of the food supplies. However, given the population density of the region, the death toll would still be in the tens of millions and spread to allies.
There could still be regional climactic and weather disruptions, and even though they would disappear within years rather than decades, they could still cause enough collateral damage to be extremely troublesome for recovery efforts.
The U.S.’ allies in the region will be the hardest hit while nations with which the U.S. don’t have the best relations will suffer the side-effects of the bombing and be very unhappy about. Northeast China, which borders North Korea, is home to almost 165 million people. South Korea has over 52 million people in its territory and its capital will feel the direct brunt of the black rain and gamma rays from Pyongyang’s destruction.
Japan will be hit with the dangerous soot from the blasts as well.
It’s very likely that Seoul will not be looking at Washington as an ally for the next few generations, and neither will Tokyo.
Beijing and Moscow would be seething over their citizens being irradiated and threatening to launch their missiles at America’s West Coast’s citizens, who would now be very likely to suffer a number of long term effects from the debris that will travel across the ocean on a much larger scale than it did from Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
So, to borrow the most popular saying of 2017, it will be a sh*t show, with a decent chance of World War 3 erupting in the aftermath.