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A nuclear bomb: effects on each of Australia’s major cities

The good news for Australians and the world at large is that North Korea has no intention of using its nuclear arsenal.

North Korea has a very limited nuclear arsenal, and does not view Australia as a particularly worthy adversary. If they can reach Melbourne or Sydney, they could also reach the mainland United States, which would prove a more tempting target.

So even if Kim Jong-un were to push the button, it’s very unlikely the missiles will be aimed at Australia.

What North Korea’s nukes would do to Australia’s cities http://www.9news.com.au/national/2017/09/06/12/03/what-north-korea-nuclear-bombs-would-do-to-australian-cities, By Nick Pearson, Sep 6, 2017 North Korea would be capable of killing tens of thousands of Australians instantly if they target one of our cities in a nuclear attack.

A 100 kiloton bomb was detonated under a mountain in North Korea over the weekend, and it would be capable of an extraordinary amount of damage if it targeted an urban area.

US academic Alex Wellerstein created a piece of software that estimates the scale of a nuclear attack on various locations.

At present only Darwin is potentially within the range of North Korea’s missiles. The regime also has not developed the technology to put a nuclear warhead on such a missile, so these estimations are at present, hypothetical.

The bomb tested by North Korea on Sunday would kill an estimated 126,000 people straight away if dropped in the heart of Sydney.

If the bomb landed in Pitt Street Mall, it would create a fireball wide enough to destroy state parliament, St Mary’s Cathedral, Wynyard Station and Town Hall.

The air blast radius would flatten just about every building in the CBD, stretching from Circular Quay to Elizabeth Bay.

A slower death from radiation poisoning would affect up to 90 percent of people in the wider blast radius stretching from Kirribilli to Balmain to the University of Sydney.

Victims from Newtown to Taronga Zoo would suffer third-degree burns as part of the thermal radiation radius.

But survival outside the blast zone is reliant on the strength and direction of the wind.

The best case scenario casualty wise is for a westerly to blow the radioactive fallout over the ocean, though residents of Bondi and Woollahra would not be pleased.

Most devastating would be an easterly sending radioactive fallout over Parramatta, Blacktown and Penrith, all the way to Springwood in the Blue Mountains.

The fallout would not be immediately deadly, but deaths from radiation-caused cancers would continue for decades to come.

An atomic attack on Melbourne would be almost as devastating, with an estimated death toll of 81,000.

A thermonuclear bomb dropped on Melbourne Town Hall would create a fireball that would obliterate everything from Flinders Street Station and Federation Square to Little Bourke Street.

The air blast radius would demolish nearly every building from Southern Cross Station to Melbourne Museum.

The radiation radius would make it very unlikely for many to survive anywhere between Docklands and the MCG, Southbank to Carlton.

The thermal radiation radius would leave severe scarring and possible amputations for victims stretching from Brunswick East to St Kilda West.

Meanwhile the radioactive fallout is capable of stretching as far as Shepparton, Bendigo, Sale or Apollo Bay.

A bomb dropped on Brisbane’s CBD would leave an estimated 30,150 people dead from the initial attack.

A massive fireball would practically vaporise everything from Brisbane City Hall to Brisbane River, if dropped on Central Station.

Fatalities would approach nearly 100 percent of those in Spring Hill to the State Library, with radiation poisoning killing nearly everyone from Fortitude Valley down to Suncorp Stadium.

The thermal radiation radius would cause serious injuries to people within a circle stretching from the University of Queensland to Windsor.

Meanwhile, the radiation fallout could stretch as far was Noosa Heads to the north, or Byron Bay to the south, depending on the direction and strength of the wind.

An estimated 18,000 people would be killed initially if a bomb was dropped in the centre of Perth’s CBD.

A fireball would wipe out everything from Central Park to Newcastle Street if the bomb landed on Perth Station.

The blast would flatten buildings and kill nearly everyone from Elizabeth Quay to nib Stadium, while radiation poisoning would prove fatal to most people between the Botanic Gardens to Highgate.

Thermal radiation would cause victims between Subiaco and Burswood to suffer third degree burns.

With a southerly wind, radiation fallout could stretch over Fremantle, Rockingham and Mandurah, all the way to Bunbury and possibly Busselton.

Adelaide A ring of parkland encircling Adelaide’s CBD would offer some respite for locals there, but the immediate death toll would be an estimated 17,000.

A 100-kiloton bomb dropped on Victoria Square would obliterate a section of the city stretching from Halifax Street to Currie Street, destroying Torrens University, Chinatown and St Francis Xavier Cathedral.

An almost instant death would await those in the air blast radius reaching the University of Adelaide to South Terrace.

The thermal radiation blast would envelop Hindmarsh and Thebarton all the way to Fullarton.

The fallout meanwhile could drift as far as Kangaroo Island or Port Pirie.

Hobart An estimated 14,000 people would die if North Korea were to drop a thermonuclear bomb on Hobart.

A fireball in the centre of the CBD would completely destroy Franklin Wharf and State Parliament, stretching up to Brisbane Street.

The air blast radius would flatten buildings and kill nearly everybody from Glebe and West Hobart down to the University of Tasmania College of the Arts.

Meanwhile, the thermal radiation radius would stretch as far as Tolmans Hill and Montagu Bay.

Darwin As the northernmost city in Australia, Darwin would be the easiest target for North Korea to reach.

North Korea has bragged of the range of its potential ICBMs, which have been estimated as having enough reach to hit the Northern Territory capital.

And the city would be almost totally destroyed by a 100-kiloton bomb, with an ominous 6660 people killed according to Dr Wellerstein’s software estimate.

Such a bomb would demolish every building from the Legislative Assembly to Stuart Park, while thermal radiation would cause devastating burns as far away as Fannie Bay and The Narrows.

Why you shouldn’t worry

The good news for Australians and the world at large is that North Korea has no intention of using its nuclear arsenal.

Experts say Kim Jong-un wants the bomb as a deterrent to prevent its enemies from attacking them. Kim is well aware that launching a nuclear missile at any city would result in the total destruction of the regime and the country at large.

Not only that, North Korea has a very limited nuclear arsenal, and does not view Australia as a particularly worthy adversary. If they can reach Melbourne or Sydney, they could also reach the mainland United States, which would prove a more tempting target.

So even if Kim Jong-un were to push the button, it’s very unlikely the missiles will be aimed at Australia.

As the northernmost city in Australia, Darwin would be the easiest target for North Korea to reach.

North Korea has bragged of the range of its potential ICBMs, which have been estimated as having enough reach to hit the Northern Territory capital.

And the city would be almost totally destroyed by a 100-kiloton bomb, with an ominous 6660 people killed according to Dr Wellerstein’s software estimate.

Such a bomb would demolish every building from the Legislative Assembly to Stuart Park, while thermal radiation would cause devastating burns as far away as Fannie Bay and The Narrows.

Why you shouldn’t worry

The good news for Australians and the world at large is that North Korea has no intention of using its nuclear arsenal.

Experts say Kim Jong-un wants the bomb as a deterrent to prevent its enemies from attacking them. Kim is well aware that launching a nuclear missile at any city would result in the total destruction of the regime and the country at large.

Not only that, North Korea has a very limited nuclear arsenal, and does not view Australia as a particularly worthy adversary. If they can reach Melbourne or Sydney, they could also reach the mainland United States, which would prove a more tempting target.

So even if Kim Jong-un were to push the button, it’s very unlikely the missiles will be aimed at Australia.

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September 6, 2017 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, weapons and war

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