Researchers develop computer model of how chaos would unfold
- Amidst heightening tensions between the United States and Russia,
- researchers at Virginia Polytech & State University have developed a computer model
- that predicts at least 280,000 people would die within 48 hours,
- if a nuclear bomb went off in Washington DC
- They discovered that a nuke exploding at ground level in DC would:
1. destroy a city block and
2. then shatter buildings for a mile in every direction
The program is based on different behavior predictions of individuals in the city
- to help the government plan its emergency response
- 1st scenario - people who did nothing & refused to evacuate
--- would be immediately exposed to radiation, leaving 279,020 dead in 48 hours
--- Given the utter and total dependence of people living in cities, one can imagine that this would be the most likely outcome.
- 2nd scenario - the best course of action - to take shelter immediately after the explosion
--- before attempting to flee and seek health care.
- 3rd scenario - people would expose themselves to deadly radiation by trying to physically locate loved ones and family members
--- it would be vital for the government to maintain cellphone service to prevent this from happening.