January 24, 2012
What would happen if a nuclear blast went off in just one American City? Let’s look at the results of a nuclear explosion released by the Department of Homeland Security’s Terror Report and the Center for Disease Control Emergency Preparedness and Response. The CDC describes a nuclear blast produced by a nuclear bomb which involves the splitting of atoms called fission or fusion. It produces an intense wave of heat, light, air pressure and radiation. The bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan at the end of World War II were examples of such blasts.
However, the nuclear bomb that went off in Hiroshima only had an equivalent of 12,500 tons of TNT. A simple 1 Megaton bomb hydrogen bomb would be 80 times more powerful than the bomb that went off in Hiroshima.
When a nuclear bomb is detonated either through a missile launched from a Russian naval vessel or ship, off the coast of Cuba, or a Russian suitcase nuke sold to some terrorist group, a large fireball is created. Everything in the fireball is vaporized when a nuclear device is detonated. This explosion produces a mushroom cloud. Imagine for a moment a coordinated nuclear attack, where multiple nukes go off simultaneously in U.S. cities across the nation. If your television is still working, you will watch fireballs and mushroom clouds over cities like New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, Orlando, Chicago, Minneapolis and Washington D.C. You are numb, you cannot believe this is happening and you are in total shock.
With the conflict going on between Iran and Israel in the Middle East, and the real possibility of World War III on the horizon. I go into detail about what could happen if a thermonuclear war started, in my new 3-DVD series, “Are You Ready for the Coming One World Government, the One World Economic System and the Coming One World Religion?” Not only would it change the Middle East, but it would produce radical changes around the world and in the U.S.
Radioactive material is released from the nuclear devices and mixes with the vaporized material in the mushroom cloud. This produces radioactive fallout and dust, which can be carried long distances. It contaminates land, water, and food supplies. The effects of a nuclear blast depend upon the size of the bomb. Let’s look at some examples at what happens during different nuclear blasts:
1 Megaton Surface Blast
As I wrote earlier, a 1 megaton hydrogen bomb would be 80 times more powerful than the bomb that went off in Hiroshima. If you look at some old black and white photographs of the nuclear devastation in Hiroshima, you can imagine what it would have looked like being 80 times more powerful. This would produce a destructive circle of 1.7 miles, and a crater 200 feet deep. Walls of multi-story buildings and single family residences would be destroyed within a 2.7 mile radius and 50% of the people dead and the other 40% seriously injured. Damage, injuries and death continue past a 7.4 mile radius. The fallout of 1 Megaton blast contaminates thousands of square miles. People would experience a lethal dose of radiation within a 90 mile radius and people would become sick and die, in a 250 mile radius. It would take 3-10 years for the radiation levels to become safe, depending upon the distance.
25 Megaton Blast
A 25 Megaton nuclear blast would pack a lot more punch, than a 1 Megaton blast. A 25 Megaton blast would produce a destructive circle of 6.5 miles. Most buildings would be vaporized. 98% of the population would be dead. Most buildings would be completely blown-out at a radius of 10.7 miles. The destruction would go a lot farther out than 250 miles. These statistics concerning the effects of nuclear blasts come from a study entitled, “The Effects of Nuclear War,” by the Washington Office of Technology Assessment, Congress of the United States, 1979.
Multiple nukes going off in U.S. cities would produce a nuclear winter that would cover large portions of the United States. In Revelation 16:21 it says, “And great hail from heaven fell upon men, each hailstone about the weight of a talent. Men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail, since that plague was exceedingly great.” In a 25 Megaton blast, people would be killed in two to fourteen days over 2,000 miles away. The populations of entire cities could be wiped out through a nuclear winter, where large amounts of debris and smoke from thousands of acres of city fires could lead to a virtual black-out of the sun. This would cause the earth’s temperatures to drop and creating a nuclear winter.
The National Resources Defense Council states that Russia has 8,200 nuclear warheads aimed at the United States. At the same time, the United States currently has 7,000 offensive nuclear warheads aimed at Russian silos and command centers. Thousands of these nuclear missiles aimed at Russia and the United States are on hair-trigger alert. The President of the United States and the head of Russia have less than 10 minutes to decide if the attack is real. I interviewed the military aide, whose job it is to accompany the President of the United States, wherever he or she goes. This aide carries what is referred to as a “Nuclear Football,” which contains all the codes for launching nuclear missiles if the President is away from a command center. The military aide carries the “Nuclear Football,” on Air Force One or a presidential motorcade. The President has all kinds of options in determining if and what to launch. In addition, from any location, the President of the United States can activate the Emergency Broadcast System.
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Iran has reacted angrily to an agreement by European Union foreign ministers to impose an oil embargo on their country. Iran plans to close the Strait of Hormuz where one fifth of the world’s oil reserves come through. Britain, America and France have responded to Iran, by sending six warships led by a 100,000 ton aircraft carrier through the highly sensitive waters of the Strait of Hormuz. British, American and French naval vessels carry nuclear missiles. In addition, the Russian naval vessels and submarines in the Strait of Hormuz and on the coasts of Cuba and Venezuela contain nuclear missiles.
Literally an Armageddon-style conflict looms on the horizon. This is unlike any conflict the world has ever faced in the history of mankind. It is time for all of us to pray for our leaders and foreign leaders, whether we like it or not. Our fate is literally in the hands of God.
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Paul McGuire: radio talk show host, author, feature film producer and television commentator.
Paul McGuire is the author of 22 books, such as the best-selling, “The Day the Dollar Died” and “Are You Ready for the Microchip? Paul is the host of the syndicated television show, The Paul McGuire Report. Paul McGuire hosted the nationally syndicated talk radio show, "The Paul McGuire Show" for 10 years. Paul McGuire is a television commentator and has been a frequent guest on the Fox News Network and CNN.
Paul is the producer of two science fiction films in Hollywood. The History Channel did a 2-hour special with Paul McGuire entitled “Seven Signs of the Apocalypse.” Paul has interviewed numerous world leaders, Presidents and Prime Ministers. Paul lives in Los Angeles, California.
At fifteen years old, Paul was demonstrating with radical activist Abbie Hoffman and made an honorary member of the Black Panther Party. However, while studying “Altered States of Consciousness” at the University of Missouri, Paul had a miraculous experience hitchhiking in a remote area similar to the movie “Field of Dreams.” Paul re-thought his socialist and humanist world view and rejected it as completely false. Paul has devoted his life to communicating truth to people.