How Dead Will You Be If Seattle Is Hit With a Nuclear Weapon?

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Recently I moved from the Central District to Rainier Valley. The commute to work is a little longer, but at least I have the peace of mind to know that if I'm at home when a 350-kiloton nuclear weapon is detonated in downtown Seattle, I should survive.

I gained this invaluable information on, where else, the Internet, through the new site

Using the power of Google Maps you too can find out how you'd fare in a nuclear holocaust.

If a 350-kiloton "Peacemaker" nuke went off downtown, for example, I'd be OK, as you see.

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Any weapon much bigger than that though, and I'd be toast.

The website even shows the fallout from a "Dinosaur ending meteor." Needless to say, you me and everyone else in North America would not be doing too well after one of those.

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Hypotheticals aside, the subject of nuclear reactions and fallout is a serious one for Washington state, as the Hanford Site reigns as the largest--and arguably most mismanaged--nuclear clean-up site in the country.

Seattle Weekly freelancer Joshua Frank recently addressed the potential for a Hanford accident affecting Washington residents in a cover story, as well as answering the question of "who gets hurt if Hanford explodes (or leaks)" directly in a follow-up post.

Seattle proper is also no stranger to being bandied about as a nukable city. In 2009 Missouri Congressman Todd Akin warned against plans to downgrade the country's nuclear missile-defense system, sending a blast email with a 1950s-ish chart showing a 10-kiloton bomb exploding over Seattle.

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