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USA’s emergency plans for a nuclear attack

US readies emergency plan ‘SCENARIO ONE’ amid fears of nuclear attack https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/world-news/700561/us-nuclear-attack-plan-bomb-donald-trump-homeland-security-scenario-one-bomb-fallout

THE US already has a has a plan ready for a nuclear attack, Daily Star Online can reveal.  By Henry Holloway 

Washington, New York and Los Angeles were all proposed as prime targets for a strike.

US military forces would be deployed to the city to conduct major search and rescue operations.

At least 3,000 square miles would have to be quarantined, mass evacuations deployed and predictions of recession.

Daily Star Online can reveal the US’s chilling “National Response Scenario Number One” designed to combat a nuke strike. 

US officials have drawn up their nuke plans based on a nuclear bomb with the power of 10,000 tons of TNT.

Predictions were sketched out based on a device being detonated within Washington by terrorists rather than a nuclear strike in World War 3.

The possible scenario for a nuclear attack was deemed to be an improvised bomb driving into the city centre in a delivery van.

Exploding and levelling part of central DC, the bomb would kill “hundreds of thousands” – according to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) documents seen by Daily Star Online.

And a plume of fallout would blossom out from the city – potentially being felt as far away as 150 miles. 

Detonation of the nuclear bomb would also trigger an electromagnetic pulse that could knock out communications and further hamper rescuers.

The “high voltage spike” would trigger problems from around three miles around the blast, with power grids, mobile phone towers and switching stations “vulnerable”.

Emergency first responders are predicted to receive “lethal doses of radiation”.

And first responders “value” will have to considered on whether they will be sent into the danger zone – potentially leaving people abandoned near the nuke’s ground zero. 

US officials also produced a handy table precisely detailing the numbers and types of injuries expected during the blast.

Radiation poisoning, flash blindness, burns to eyes and blunt trauma are all predicted for survivors in the thousands.

Even the size of the crater has been calculated – potentially being 64ft deep with a diameter of 150ft.

Warnings are also made the plans about the “significant psychological impact on survivors” that may impact rescuers.

Damage to building and infrastructure is deemed to cost “billions of dollars”. 

It is predicted clean-up from the bomb would take “years” with “staggering costs and the incident would “forever change the American psyche”.

The document reads: “There will certainly be economic, political, law enforcement, civil liberty and military consequences that will likely change the very nature of the country.”

Decontamination is deemed to the priority of the US Government response – rather than the “lifesaving efforts that assist the victims directly injured by the detonation”. 

Scenario One read: “The costs of the decontamination and rebuilding would be staggering. But these losses do not begin to address the true implications of this type of an incident

“The detonation of an IND in a US city would forever change the American psyche, as well as its politics and worldview.

“The real implications may only be addressable by historians many years after the incident.” 

These plans for nuclear attack were drawn up by US President George W. Bush’s administration following terrorist attacks on 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina.

It said: “These scenarios are designed to be the foundational structure for the development of national preparedness standards from which homeland security capabilities can be measured.

“They represent threats or hazards of national significance with high consequence. While these scenarios reflect a rigorous analytical effort by Federal homeland security experts.”

 

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May 7, 2018 - Posted by | USA, weapons and war

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