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Nuclear Terrorism and a New Study on How to Protect Yourself

nuclear terrorism

Being retired, I have a bit more time to do research than many of you.  With all the problems in today’s world, there are many different aspects of potential problems that we all face.  One is the threat of nuclear terrorism.

Nuclear terrorism is one problem that many of us are not fully equipped to deal with and while there is a lot of information in print, much of it is confusing and not readily accessible.  There are some excellent books like Nuclear Warfare Survival Skills by Cresson Kearny.  But even his book has a problem; it is based on the cold war strategy of fallout shelters. …

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Nuclear Fallout and (EMP) Electromagnetic Pulse

With the current situation in the Ukraine, I decided to post some links to articles that I have written on the subjects of nuclear fallout and EMP.  Some of these articles were written during the nuclear meltdown in Japan, but the information in them is still valid.

Depending on what develops in the next few days, I intent to write to post some information on improvised nuclear fallout shelters.

nuclear fallout

Here are some improvise shelters from the 1960's. I think these are valid ideas that could make the difference between life and death depending on how far you are from the nuclear detonation.

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Bunker Temperatures can Cause Serious Health Problems

bunker temperatures

With all the talk about bunkers that you see on shows like Doomsday Preppers and in various blogs, you should be aware that internal bunker temperatures can be quite hot and humid.  Any bunker that is occupied for several days in warm or hot weather will heat up if there is no forced ventilation.  These bunker temperatures can become so hot as to result in heat prostration or even death.

Cresson H Kearney the author of the book Nuclear War Survival Skills an expert in the use and design of improvised shelters states the following.  “It is important to understand that the heat and water vapor given off by bodies of people in a crowed long-occupied shelter could be deadly, if fallout prevents leaving the shelter”.…

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Nuclear Reactor Locations in the U.S.

nuclear reactor locations

Nuclear reactors

This is the best list of nuclear reactor locations that I have been able to locate.  As you can see they are scattered throughout the U.S., some in places you would not expect.  Be sure and take a look at the one used by colleges, many of you may be surprised to fined out how close one is to you.

 

 

 

Nuclear Reactor Locations

Power Station PlantsNRC Region

Name

Location

Capacity (MWe)

Commission Date

Decommission Date

Region I (Northeast)

Beaver Valley Nuclear Generating Station Beaver CountyPennsylvania Unit 1: 970
Unit 2: 920
Unit 1: July 2, 1976
Unit 2: August 14, 1987
Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Generating Station Calvert Cliffs, Maryland Unit 1: 873
Unit 2: 863
Unit 1: 1975
Unit 2: 1977
Connecticut Yankee Nuclear Power Plant Haddam NeckConnecticut 582 1968 2004
Ginna Nuclear Generating Station OntarioNew York 610 June 1, 1970
Hope Creek Nuclear Generating Station Lower Alloways Creek TownshipNew Jersey 1,059 December 20, 1986
Indian Point Energy Center BuchananNew York Unit 2: 1,020
Unit 3: 1,025
Unit 2: August 1, 1974
Unit 3: August 30, 1976
James A.
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An Excellent Article on the Dangers of EMP

Here is an article sent to me by a friend that I think might be interesting to most of you.

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Dr. Peter Vincent Pry: America May Never Recover From EMP Attack

Dr. Peter Vincent Pry is the Executive Director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security for the Congressional Caucus on EMP (Electro-Magnetic Pulse) that endeavors to carry on the work of the EMP Commission. He is also the Director of the United States Nuclear Strategy Forum, an advisory body to Congress on policies to counter weapons of mass destruction.

Dr. Pry has served on the staffs of the EMP Commission, the Strategic Posture Commission, the Commission on the New Strategic Posture of the U.S., the House Armed Services Committee and the Central Intelligence Agency.

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Protecting Yourself in Case the North Korean Detonate a Nuclear Device

With the new leader of North Korea making threats against the U.S. in such a reckless manner, I think we may have to start to take him seriously.  While he may not have many nuclear devices and his missile capability may be somewhat limited, he might still have a surprise for us.  For instance, a ship launched missile to create a high altitude nuclear explosion over the central United States.  This could cause an electromagnetic pulse that would knock out power over most of this country.

If he should set off any nuclear explosions near or over the Alaska, Hawaii or the continental United States there could be problems with radioactive fallout. …

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Old Civil Defense Radiation Detectors

A CD700 ,CD715, CD720, a dosimeter charger and six dosimeters

Do you have any means of detecting radiation?  I recently was talking to someone at a local fire department and found out that they still had a bunch of left over radiation detectors from the cold war that were no longer being used.  Anyway, after a quick small donation to the department, I left with several detectors including their manuals and documentation.  I ended up with two survey meters, a Geiger counter, a dosimeter charger and six dosimeters..

These are the old civil defense detectors that are still useful.  There are several models available, but if you can only get one, the best choice is the CDV715 area survey meter. …

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More on Electromagnetic Pulse

Over the weekend, I had the opportunity to speak with a retired military officer who worked in areas that involved EMP.  He provided me with several pieces of information.  He stated that the item that is most susceptible to damage from EMP is field effect and related transistors and that most unprotected electronics containing them would be damaged.  He feels that the typical garbage can Faraday cage (a metal garbage can lined with an insulating material) that is widely suggested on the web would work.

He said that batteries would survive without protection.  While he said, he has not seen any testing on solar panels he thinks that they would probably survive.…

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Nuclear Waste Storage

Nuclear Reactors

I recently received some information on the location of nuclear reactors and nuclear waste storage areas.  The big surprise was to find that a small research reactor is located much closer to my location that I had previously thought.  The following link published by National Geographic shows the locations of various nuclear  storage areas and reactors.

http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/ngm/0207/feature1/images/mp_download.1.pdf

The following table shows the location of known research reactors.

U.S. Non-Power Research and Test Nuclear Reactor List

 

Licensee/Location Reactor Type/
OL Issued
License Type/
Docket Number
License Number
Aerotest
San Ramon, CA
Triga (Indus)
07/02/1965
OL
50-228
R-98
Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute
Bethesda, MD
Triga
06/26/1962
OL
50-170
R-84
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY
Triga Mark II
01/11/1962
OL
50-157
R-80
Dow Chemical Company
Midland, MI
Triga
07/03/1967
OL
50-264
R-108
General Electric Company
Pleasanton, CA
Nuclear Test
10/31/1957
OL
50-73
R-33
Idaho State University
Pocatello, ID
AGN-201 #103
10/11/1967
OL
50-284
R-110
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS
Triga
10/16/1962
OL
50-188
R-88
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, MA
HWR Reflected
06/09/1958
OL
50-20
R-37
McClellan AFB
Sacramento, CA
Triga
08/13/98
OL
50-607
R-130
Nat’l Institute of Standards & Technology
Gaithersburg, MD
Nuclear Test
06/30/1970
OL
50-184
TR-5
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC
Pulstar
08/25/1972
OL
50-297
R-120
Ohio State University
Columbus, OH
Pool
02/24/1961
OL
50-150
R-75
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR
Triga Mark II
03/07/1967
OL
50-243
R-106
Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA
Triga
07/08/1955
OL
50-5
R-2
Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN
Lockheed
08/16/1962
OL
50-182
R-87
Reed College
Portland, OR
Triga Mark I
07/02/1968
OL
50-288
R-112
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Troy, NY
Critical Assembly
07/03/1964
OL
50-225
CX-22
Rhode Island Atomic Energy Commission
Narragansett, RI
GE Pool
07/21/1964
OL
50-193
R-95
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX
AGN-201M #106
08/26/1957
OL
50-59
R-23
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX
Triga
12/07/1961
OL
50-128
R-128
U.S.
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Rules on Nuclear Fallout

I have been thinking about posting more information on nuclear fallout so today I will explain the seven – ten rule of nuclear decay.

Assume that a one Megaton Bomb blast occurs and you are sheltered or far enough away to survive the blast.  If fallout of one thousand Rads arrives at your location 1 hour after the blast, you have to be sheltered.  A four hundred and fifty Rad accumulative dose can kill you, so one-half hour of unsheltered exposure can be fatal.  If you have shelter and are using the seven – ten rule you will know that after seven hours the outside rate will drop to 100 Rads per hour.  …

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