A majority of the population may have spent last weekend fretting away in traffic, worried over the upcoming changes to Instagram (leave it to Facebook to crush a good thing) and whether or not terrorists would/could actually blow up a nuclear power plant.
Hey, people are complicated creatures, what can we say? In any case, apart from the Instagram thing, as always PD’s got you covered.
This time we called up our Chernobyl experts and are ready to shed some light on the media fanned equation of: Daash+Nuclear Plant=X.
To start with, any scenario involving a terror organization or just an Allah inspired lone wolf and a nuke is highly unlikely, mostly due to the casualty payoff being so minimal when compared to the amount of work and trouble any extremist would have to go through to accomplish the task.
Frankly, it’s easier to stop at Williams Sonoma and pick up a pressure cooker.
So just for the sake of argument, let’s say Daash manages to blow up a nuclear power plant (again, something far easier said than done), what happens?
Well, to start with those most likely to die would be on the actual ground of the power plant and those in a nearby radius would also suffer a good bit of radiation (not necessarily fatal).
The real issue would be from the nuclear fallout wind, which depending on the conditions would make its way across whichever continent. This is the part where you would shelter in place, wherever you are at the time.
It doesn’t have to be a bunker, but keep in mind that gamma radiation will easily go through glass.
At this point, you wouldn’t want to ingest anything coming out of the taps, and you should expect rolling power outages, which would put anything in your fridge at risk. Having a cache of water and can goods (remember to make them something you’d actually like to eat, no need to make a nuclear holocaust worse by having to force down refried beans) is definitely the way to go.
Should you have full on lead garb? Eh, no. That most likely wouldn’t help you, and again, you won’t be venturing outside at this time. Most experts agree that this period would last about 3 days to a week.
What about stockpiling iodine? Well, essentially people already get enough iodine in their diet as is, so instead save the $15+ and use it on buying a board game.
If the government gives the all clear, we’d recommend giving it another few days before you venture out, not just due to a general distrust of anything bureaucratic, but after being cooped up and fearful your fellow citizens might not make for safe company (think roving hordes desperate for answers and the last pack of Wrigley’s).
It will be from the all clear point and on that you’ll have to contend with a spike in prices as most goods (animal, vegetable) will be deemed unsafe to eat.
Despite that though, you’ll notice how quickly things will return to a normal state, with any real genetic casualties showing up decades later in terms of increased cancer rates, etc.
Again, as we said before, a terrorist making a quick stop at Home Depot to buy some nails and fertilizer would be a lot easier.