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What would happen if a nuclear bomb went off in a major city?

Terrifying simulation reveals the potential impact of a blast in unprecedented detail

  • In the dystopian vision researchers simulated a nuke exploding in Washington
  • An entire city block was obliterated instantly and buildings blasted for a mile
  • Researchers found people who did nothing were most likely to die with nearly 280,000 people killed in just 48 hours 

Researchers found people who did nothing were most likely to die with nearly 280,000 people killed in just 48 hours. 

 
In the dystopian-like version of The Sims, researchers simulated a nuke exploding in Washington DC (pictured). An entire city block was obliterated instantly and buildings blasted for a mile in almost every direction
In the dystopian-like version of The Sims, researchers simulated a nuke exploding in Washington DC (pictured). An entire city block was obliterated instantly and buildings blasted for a mile in almost every direction

The simulation was designed to give emergency planners an idea of what chaos would be caused from gridlock, power outages and destroyed communications. 

Computer scientists from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University even created individual personalities for each resident.

The 'agents' acted according to their age, gender and occupation, reacting in different ways from 'fleeing in panic' to 'standing paralysed with fear', writes Science Alert.

'We describe a large-scale simulation of the aftermath of a hypothetical 10kT improvised nuclear detonation at ground level, near the White House in Washington DC', researchers, led by Nidhi Parikh, wrote in the paper published in the National Center for Biotechnology Information. 

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5612939/Terrifying-simulation-reveals-happen-nuclear-bomb-went-major-city.html#ixzz5CaG4XUEG

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