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You CAN survive a nuke attack … but you MUST make an effort to learn what to do! By learning about potential threats, we are all better prepared to know how to react if something happens.
February 27, 2022
HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF FROM NUCLEAR FALLOUT (TIPS ABOUT RADIATION, BUILDING AN EXPEDIENT SHELTER AND MORE)
The almost offhand post the other day about a Geiger counter had so many comments that I thought I would do a little more research on the topic.
The linked article above is pretty good stuff. It gives you the basics of the various types of threats such as initial blast and radiation, fallout radiation, and types of radiation (alpha, beta, gamma). Then it goes into types of shelters including how to make an expedient shelter.
If you are thinking of building an underground bunker then these have more detailed information:
- How Far Underground To Survive A Nuclear Blast
- Nuclear Radiation Shielding Protection and Halving Thickness Values
The bottom line is:
To survive a nuclear blast, you would need to be at least 3 feet deep underground. Also, you need to be at least 36 inches of concrete or tightly-packed dirt to shield you from the blast radius.
There are other options to dirt and concrete, but in most cases those would be the cheapest.
To figure out the blast radius for the targets nearest to your bunker read Are You Living in a Nuclear Death Zone? Find Out with the U.S. Nuclear Target Map and use this nuke map.
The article also includes this image of the supposed Primary target locations for Soviet nuclear strikes during 1980s:
I am more than a bit skeptical because, while I can understand Boomershoot being a primary target, Boomershoot didn’t even exist until 1998.