mark9atq wrote:Air burst vs ground burst.
Huge difference in the amount of fallout. If you see the blast you'll know which it is but be permantly blind.
Say your eyes are spared.
But you know a nuke flash when you see one. So you jump into the nearest closet with your ABC bugout bag
and slam the door, open you mouth and hold your hands over your ears and bend your knees leaning into all
the hanging clothes as a shock absorber.
One second later you hear the loudest 'BANG!' ever. The floor jumps up and the wall pounds your shoulder.
All the windows blow 'in' on the blast side of the house and 'out' on the leeward side.
Most of the landscaping shrubs and trees are burning around everyone elses home.
Luckily your home has none (on purpose) and the extra thick stucco has prevented the heat wave
from igniting your structure. All your neighbors homes begin to burn furiously.
Smoke fills the air. You leave the closet with the help of a crow-bar, and with a fire extinguisher
put out your burning drapes, carpet and sofa.
Then you put on your full ABC suit. Grab the precut aluminized plastic sheets, step ladder, and staple gun
and as quickly as possible seal close all your windows.
The dosimeter unit on your chest begins to beep loudly and you run back inside where its now pitch black
due to the aluminized window coverings. By head lamp light you survive..
As mentioned in the video Jnathan posted a few pages back, in a post 9/11, no more US/USSR cold war, world its more likely that a nuke will go off as part of a terrorist attack, so its more likely to be a ground burst than an air burst. The good thing is we will probably have some warning of an airburst occurring. We will have clues of things changing in the world, and news lead us to believe that the possibility that a state sponsored nuclear missile launch is imminent, that and the hope that if a missile is launched and is in flight, NORAD or your corresponding military organization will pick it up, and send out warning before it makes impact.
Honestly as of 2015, even if I was Russia or China and for some reason wanted to have a full scale nuclear attack on the US I would rather use sneaked in ground nukes in the initial attack, as to avoid the tell tale detection of nukes being launched from the attacking country and getting a US nuclear counter attack. Between missile defense system, launch detection , and having the possibility/scapegoat of stateless terrorism, I think ground detonation at a major city is much more likely these days.