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A computer model to simulate how 20 MILLION people would react to nuclear bomb in New York City

Scientists to simulate how 20 MILLION people would react to nuclear bomb in New York City . Experts are building a computer model which will test how people and buildings would respond to a nuclear blast BY JAMIE BULLEN 18 MAR 2017  Scientists are testing how 20 million people would react to a nuclear attack in New York City.

Experts at the Center for Social Complexity in Virginia have been awarded a $450,000 (£363,000) grant to study the aftermath of a blast in the Big Apple.

 The money is being used to develop a computer model to simulate how up to 20 million people or “agents” would respond in the first 30 days after the bomb, The Atlantic reported.

The model is also expected to show how buildings and the environment would be affected.The simulated bombs will have a strength of up to 10 kilotons – half the amount used in the Hiroshima attack.

Professor William Kennedy predicted survivors would follow instructions and stay in place instead of running wildly on the streets in search of loved ones.

He told the magazine: “We’ve found that people seem to be reasonably well behaved [Ed.   oh isn’t that nice?] and do what they’ve been trained to, [Ed. very good. so it’ll all be OK? ] or are asked or told to do by local authorities. Reports from 9/11 show that people walked down many tens of flights of stairs, relatively quietly, sometimes carrying each other, to escape buildings. “We’re finding those kinds of reports from other disasters as well—except after Hurricane Katrina.”

The project is expected to take three years.

But professor Kennedy said he hoped to start experiments in the next six months and report some results from next year.


March 20, 2017 - Posted by | technology, weapons and war

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