Russian President Vladimir Putin has threatened to use his country’s nuclear arsenal to protect his country’s territory in his ongoing war against Ukraine.
In a seven-minute televised address to the nation aired earlier this week, Mr Putin ordered a partial mobilization of up to 300,000 reservists and said Russia will defend its territory if Ukraine’s occupied regions vote for Russian annexation.
So what would happen if Brighton was hit by a nuclear weapon? A clever interactive website, Nukemap, allows people to simulate the effects of a nuclear warhead being dropped in the city centre.
If a Topol SS-25 missile with an 800-kiloton warhead, currently in the Russian arsenal, were to explode over the Old Steine Gardens, an estimated 146,430 people would be killed and another 172,580 injured.
The initial fireball would instantly vaporize everything within a half-mile radius, including the Royal Pavilion, the Grand Hotel, Brighton Palace Pier, Churchill Square and the Lanes.
Anyone within a seven-mile radius would suffer third-degree burns, while people in Burgess Hill, Seaford and Worthing, more than 12 miles away, would get the equivalent of a sunburn due to the intense heat.
This would result in a blast wave that would cause most residential buildings within a four mile radius to collapse and fires to break out in the affected area. This would affect areas as far south as Portslade, Rottingdean, Patcham and the University of Sussex.
About 11 miles from the blast’s epicenter, glass windows would shatter, causing injuries and exposing homes to the effects of radioactive fallout. Flying glass is extremely dangerous and caused most of the civilian injuries during World War II.
Along with the heat and explosion would come radiation carried by the wind. The effects would cause radiation sickness with subsequent death for those who survived after the blast and found themselves in its path.
While the UK government hasn’t issued any advice on personal safety in the event of a nuclear war since the end of the Cold War, the US Department of Homeland Security says people should go inside, stay inside and stay tuned to radio stations for official information.
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