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The Fallout Shelter and Expedient Protection

The Fallout Shelter and Expedient Protection

The Fallout Shelter and Expedient Protection Dirty bombs, nuclear weapons in suitcases, ISIS, al-Qaeda, Ansar al-Shari’a, Boko Haram. Missiles in North Korea and Iran. The fight between Russia and the Ukraine, while nuclear weapons are unaccounted for in both countries. The real risk of nuclear fallout somewhere in the world has grown over the past few years, yet there is little discussion on how to deal with the threat. A little education on the subject of the fallout shelter is probably due. The following is a short guide to protecting oneself and family from nuclear fallout and related particulate, why it is important, and how to build proper shelters. Atomic weapons are, easily, the most fearsome devices ever devised by mankind, and the fallout produced from said is an incredibly dangerous form of radioactive contamination.  A hostile nation-state or a terrorist organization could potentially target civilian population centers with such devices.  Also, some very large nuclear energy disasters can and have produced significant radiological danger (e.g., Chernobyl).  There are measures that can be taken to reduce or eliminate the hazard presented by said. This guide is an overview of preparing your home or place of business before such a disaster occurs.  There are also a guides to expedient protection should you be away from your shelter at the time of the emergency.  ​ Introduction What is fallout? Fallout is the radioactive debris produced during the detonation of an atomic weapon. The amount of fallout produced from said is greatly impacted by how close the detonation is to the surface of the earth. Fallout will begin to show up in a location...
Worst Nuclear Energy Disasters

Worst Nuclear Energy Disasters

Since the beginning of the atomic age, there have been a handful of deadly accidents at nuclear plants throughout the world.  The following are the worst nuclear disasters on record to date, which involved at least one fatality, at a civilian nuclear facility.  Included in the article is the International Nuclear and Radiological Event Scale (INES) rating.  This internationally accepted method of rating nuclear accidents is similar to earthquake moment magnitude scales.  The rating ranges from one (Anomaly) to seven (Major Accident). 6. Fukushima     Location:  Ōkuma, Fukushima, Japan Date of Incident: March 11, 2011 Deaths:  Zero due to plant operations, two died in the reactor plant from the tsunami, one man died during the clean up operation.  Thirty-seven sustained injuries, including two with radiation burns. INES Level:  Seven (7) Details:  The Fukushima nuclear disaster came in the wake of the 8.9 magnitude earthquake and  subsequent tsunami that decimated Japan.  The plant disaster included a series of meltdowns, equipment failures, multiple explosions, and the release of significant amounts of radioactive material.  The incident forced wide scale evacuation of the surrounding area. Current Status:  Clean up operations are still ongoing.  Current projections indicate that the efforts will continue on for decades. 5. Marcoule     Location:  Marcoule, France Date of Incident:  September 12, 2011 Deaths:  One killed, four seriously injured in a blast. INES Level:  N/A Details:  The incident occurred at an oven used for the melting down of metal waste.  The amount of radiation leakage was minor.  However, one person was killed and four more injured in the blast. Current Status:  The Marcoule Nuclear Site remains in operation. 4.  Bohunice Nuclear Power Plant     Location:...
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