More than 90 percent of Oahu’s population likely would survive the initial blast of a nuclear attack by North Korea.
(TNS) - Question: I keep hearing about how we need to be prepared for a potential nuclear attack by North Korea. They say “know where to go,” but I don’t know where to go! Are there shelters? If so, how do I find out which one?
Answer: No, there are no public nuclear blast or fallout shelters designated in Hawaii, according to the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency, a division of the state Department of Defense.
The agency’s recent PSA, which advises “know where to go, know what to do and when to do it,” gives listeners and viewers general information about how to prepare for any potential disaster, such as having 14 days’ worth of food and water on hand.
Specific safety advice varies according to the type of disaster, be it a natural event like a hurricane or tsunami or a man-made catastrophe like a terrorist or nuclear attack.
You can find details about how to respond to various scenarios at 808ne.ws/disatips. Since you and several other readers have specifically asked about a potential nuclear attack, we’ll summarize some of the instructions here. Emergency officials emphasize that they are publicizing this information only as a precaution.
Q: Could anybody survive?
A: Yes, more than 90 percent of Oahu’s population likely would survive the initial blast of a nuclear attack by North Korea, according to the EMA.
The agency bases its estimates on what is known about North Korean nuclear weapon technology. Current information suggests an explosion would be less than 6 miles in diameter, limiting the direct casualties. The risk to survivors would come from residual radiation (fallout) and the disruption of infrastructure, communications, transportation and other aspects of island life, according to the EMA.
It’s an unsettling scenario, to be sure, but essential to be prepared.
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