Famous Civil Defense film for children in which Bert the Turtle shows what to do in case of atomic attack.

The Vatican, The United States of America Should Apologize to Japan. From the Catechism of the Catholic Church. 2314 "Every act of war directed to the indiscriminate destruction of whole cities or vast areas with their inhabitants is a crime against God and man, which merits firm and unequivocal condemnation." A danger of modern warfare is that it provides the opportunity to those who possess modern scientific weapons especially atomic, biological, or chemical weapons - to commit such crimes.




Fascinating video showing you footage from inside the Chernobyl reactor and how people are constantly working on keeping the outer shell intact. Something tells me that they'll all have cancer at some point. more

What is a Nuclear Weapon?

A device that releases nuclear energy in an explosive manner as the result of nuclear chain reactions involving the fission or fusion or both, of atomic nuclei. Basically it is any device that harnesses the immense power of the atom to create a bomb or explosive device. Even more simplified, they are essentially nothing more than huge bombs - with a unique exception - they have the potential to destroy entire cities. A typical nuclear tipped warhead  might have a power of one megaton of TNT. This means it would explode with the power of 1,000,000 tons of TNT. To grasp the size and quantity of this much TNT, imagine a field 300x300 meters long, and stack it with TNT 300 meters tall. The same reactions that occur with that much TNT is all packed into a nuclear device, and can be made ready to for deployment in something the size of a small boat. What are the immediate and lingering effects of a nuclear blast? Nuclear explosions produce both immediate and delayed destructive effects. Immediate effects (blast and shockwave, radiation) are produced and cause significant destruction within seconds or minutes of a nuclear detonation. The delayed and lingering effects (radioactive fallout and other possible environmental contamination) inflict damage over an extended period ranging from hours to centuries.

Why are suitcase bombs such a great risk?

Russia is know to have created around 200 suitcase bombs - nuclear weapons the size of suitcases. According to a Soviet defector called Aleksander Lebed it has seemingly lost track of more than 100 - each of which could kill more than 50,000 people (depending on where detonated). Many of these bombs were distributed and hidden in present day US hostile countries. Possibly the worst effect of a terrorist nuclear device would be that it could in fact trigger a nuclear war. If America thought Russia or an enemy country had used nuclear weapons against it, it would not hesitate to retaliate... so one small nuclear device could in fact trigger events that would kill millions.

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