Cruel realities of life after a nuclear apocalypse

Cruel realities of life after a nuclear apocalypse

After the bombs begin to fall, the shape of the planet will change beyond recognition. For 50 years, this threat has lurked us at every moment of our life. The world lives with the knowledge that it is enough for one person to simply press a button, and a nuclear holocaust will occur.

We stopped thinking about it. Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, the idea of ​​a massive nuclear strike has become a plot of science fiction films and video games. But in reality, this threat has not disappeared. The bombs are still in place and waiting in the wings. And there are always new enemies that need to be destroyed.

Scientists have conducted tests and calculations to understand what life will be after the atomic bombing. Some people will survive. But life on the smoldering remains of a ruined world will be completely different.

10. Black rains will begin.

Almost immediately after a nuclear strike will begin a heavy black rain. It will not be the little rain that will extinguish the flame and kill the dust.It will be thick black jets of water with a texture reminiscent of oil, and they can kill you. In Hiroshima, black rain began 20 minutes after the bomb exploded. He covered an area with a radius of about 20 kilometers from the point of the explosion and filled the countryside with a thick liquid, from which one could receive 100 times more radiation than at the epicenter of the explosion.

The people who survived the explosion were in a burning city, fires burned out oxygen, and people died of thirst. Making their way through the fire, they were so thirsty that many people opened their mouths and tried to drink a strange liquid that fell from the sky. There was enough radiation in this fluid to make changes in a person’s blood. The radiation was so strong that the effects of rain still affect the places where it fell. We have every reason to believe that if the bomb falls again, it will happen again.

9. Electromagnetic pulse will turn off all electricity.

In a nuclear explosion, an electromagnetic pulse arises that can damage electrical appliances and even turn off the entire electrical network of the country. During one of the nuclear tests, the pulse after the atomic bomb was detonated was so powerful that it destroyed the street lights,TVs and telephones in homes at a distance of 1600 kilometers from the center of the explosion. Then it happened by chance, but since then bombs have already appeared, designed specifically for this purpose.

If a bomb designed to send an electromagnetic pulse exploded at an altitude of 400-480 kilometers over the country the size of the United States, the entire electrical network throughout the territory would have been turned off. Therefore, after the bombs fall, the lights will go out everywhere. All refrigerators for food storage will be disconnected, all computer data will be lost. Worst of all, the treatment plant will stop and we will lose clean drinking water.

It is expected that it will take six months of hard work to get the country back to normal operation. But it is provided that people will have the opportunity to work. For a long time after the bombs fall, life is waiting for us without electricity and clean water.

8. Smoke closes the sunlight

The areas around the epicenters of explosions will receive an incredible amount of energy, fires will break out. Everything that can burn will burn. Not only buildings, forests and fences will be burned, but even asphalt on the roads. Refineries,which remain one of the main goals since the days of the Cold War, will cover explosions and flames. The fires that arise around the epicenter of each explosion will emit thousands of tons of toxic smoke that rises into the atmosphere and then higher into the stratosphere. At a height of about 15 kilometers above the Earth’s surface, a dark cloud will arise that will grow and spread under the influence of the wind until it covers the entire planet and blocks access to sunlight.

It will take years. For many years after the explosion, we will not see the sun, we can only see black clouds above our heads that will block the light. It is difficult to say exactly how long it will last and when the blue sky will reappear above us. It is believed that in the event of a global nuclear war, we will not see a clear sky for about 30 years.

7. It will get too cold to grow food.

When the clouds cover the sunlight, a cold snap will begin. How much - depends on the number of bombs exploded. In extreme cases, global temperatures are expected to fall by as much as 20 degrees Celsius. There will be no summer in the first year after a nuclear disaster.Spring and autumn will be like winter. Plants will not be able to grow. Animals across the planet will die of starvation.

This will not be the beginning of a new ice age. During the first five years, the plant growing season will become shorter by a month, but then the situation will begin to gradually improve, and after 25 years the temperature will return to normal. Life will go on - if we can live to this period.

6. Destroy the ozone layer

However, this life can no longer be called normal. A year after the nuclear bombardment due to air pollution, holes will appear in the ozone layer. It will be destructive. Even a small nuclear war, in which only 0.03 percent of the global arsenal will be used, can destroy up to 50 percent of the ozone layer. The world will become extinct from ultraviolet rays. All over the world, plants will die, and those living creatures who will be able to survive will have to go through agonizing mutations of DNA. Even the most resilient cultures will become weaker, smaller, and less frequently reproduced. Therefore, when the sky clears and the world warms up again, growing products will be an incredibly difficult task.When people try to grow food, entire fields will die, and farmers long in the sun will die of skin cancer.

5. Will starve billions of people

After a full-scale nuclear war, it will take about five years before anyone can grow a reasonable amount of food. At low temperatures, deadly frosts and destructive ultraviolet radiation from the sky, not many cultures can live long enough to harvest. Millions of people will die of starvation. Those who survive will have to find ways to get food, but it will not be easy. People living by the ocean may have a little more chance because the seas will cool more slowly. But life in the oceans will still be scanty.

Darkness from a blocked sky will kill plankton, the main source of food that keeps life in the ocean. Radioactive contamination will also accumulate in the water, reducing the number of living organisms and making any caught animals dangerous to food.

Most of the people who survived the explosions will die within the first five years. Food will be too scarce, and competition too fierce.

four.Canned food will remain safe.

One of the main ways people survive in the first five years is to use bottled water and canned food - just as it is described in fiction, tightly sealed bags of food will remain safe. The scientists conducted an experiment in which they left bottled beer and soda water. near the site of a nuclear explosion. The bottles outside were covered with a thick layer of radioactive dust, but their contents remained safe. Only those drinks that were almost in the epicenter, but even their radiation levels were not lethal, became radioactive. However, the test team rated these drinks "unfit for food".

It is believed that canned foods will be as safe as these bottled beverages. It is also believed that water from deep underground wells can be safe to drink. Thus, the struggle for survival will be a struggle for access to village wells and food.

3. Radiation will affect bones.

Regardless of access to food, survivors will have to contend with widespread cancer.Immediately after the explosion, a huge amount of radioactive dust will rise into the air, which then will fall around the world. The dust will be too fine to see, but the level of radiation in it will be large enough to kill. One of the substances used in nuclear weapons is strontium-90, which the body mistakenly takes for calcium and sends directly to the bone marrow and teeth. This leads to bone cancer.

It is not known what the level of radiation will be. It is not entirely clear how long the radioactive dust will begin to settle. But if it takes a long time, we can survive. If the dust begins to settle only after two weeks, its radioactivity will decrease 1000 times, and this will be enough for survival. The number of cancers will increase, the lifespan will be reduced, birth defects will become common, but humanity will not be destroyed.

2. Widespread hurricanes and storms will begin

During the first two or three years of cold and darkness, unprecedented hurricanes can be expected. Dust in the stratosphere will not only cover the sunlight, but also affect the weather. The clouds will become different, they will contain much more moisture.Until everything returns to normal, we can expect it to rain almost constantly.

In the coastal areas will be even worse. Although a nuclear winter will come over the entire planet due to a cold snap, the oceans will cool much more slowly. They will be relatively warm, causing massive storms along all coasts. Hurricanes and typhoons will cover all the coasts in the world, and it will last for years.

1. Humanity will survive

As a result of nuclear war, billions will die. We can expect that about 500 million people will die at once, and several billion more will die from hunger and cold. However, there is every reason to believe that the most enduring handful of people will cope with this. There will not be many of them, but this is a much more positive vision of the post-apocalyptic future than what it was before. In the 1980s, all scientists agreed that the entire planet would be destroyed. But today we have a little more faith in the fact that some people will be able to survive.

After 25-30 years the clouds will dissipate, the temperature will return to normal, life will begin again. There will be plants. They may not be as lush as they used to be. But after a few decades, the world may look like what modern Chernobyl looks like, where thick forests rise above the remains of a dead city.

Life will continue, and humanity will be reborn. But the world will never be the same.

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    Cruel realities of life after a nuclear apocalypse

    Cruel realities of life after a nuclear apocalypse

    Cruel realities of life after a nuclear apocalypse

    Cruel realities of life after a nuclear apocalypse

    Cruel realities of life after a nuclear apocalypse

    Cruel realities of life after a nuclear apocalypse

    Cruel realities of life after a nuclear apocalypse

    Cruel realities of life after a nuclear apocalypse

    Cruel realities of life after a nuclear apocalypse

    Cruel realities of life after a nuclear apocalypse

    Cruel realities of life after a nuclear apocalypse

    Cruel realities of life after a nuclear apocalypse

    Cruel realities of life after a nuclear apocalypse

    Cruel realities of life after a nuclear apocalypse

    Cruel realities of life after a nuclear apocalypse

    Cruel realities of life after a nuclear apocalypse

    Cruel realities of life after a nuclear apocalypse

    Cruel realities of life after a nuclear apocalypse

    Cruel realities of life after a nuclear apocalypse

    Cruel realities of life after a nuclear apocalypse

    Cruel realities of life after a nuclear apocalypse

    Cruel realities of life after a nuclear apocalypse

    Cruel realities of life after a nuclear apocalypse

    Cruel realities of life after a nuclear apocalypse

    Cruel realities of life after a nuclear apocalypse

    Cruel realities of life after a nuclear apocalypse

    Cruel realities of life after a nuclear apocalypse

    Cruel realities of life after a nuclear apocalypse

    Cruel realities of life after a nuclear apocalypse

    Cruel realities of life after a nuclear apocalypse

    Cruel realities of life after a nuclear apocalypse

    Cruel realities of life after a nuclear apocalypse

    Cruel realities of life after a nuclear apocalypse

    Cruel realities of life after a nuclear apocalypse

    Cruel realities of life after a nuclear apocalypse

    Cruel realities of life after a nuclear apocalypse

    Cruel realities of life after a nuclear apocalypse

    Cruel realities of life after a nuclear apocalypse

    Cruel realities of life after a nuclear apocalypse

    Cruel realities of life after a nuclear apocalypse

    Cruel realities of life after a nuclear apocalypse