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In the event of a nuclear holocaust, where you want to go should be obvious: Any area that was not nuked. So which areas of the world are the most likely and least likely targets to be turned into smoldering craters? Glad you asked… THE LEAST LIKELY TARGET:
WYOMING You’ve probably never met anyone from Wyoming. Know why?
It’s the least populated state in the entire U.S., having a measly 580,000 people living within its borders. That’s half the population of Rhode Island, which in turn can fit into Wyoming eighty times. How about valuable resources?
Are there any we get from Wyoming? And people. Surely there are some famous and powerful people in Wyoming. And wasn’t Wyoming just featured in the news for doing something important?
No, no, and no. We checked. It didn’t take us long, either. You see, when it comes to fostering feelings of apathy, there’s no place in the world better than Wyoming. In fact, if you ask anybody anything about Wyoming, their answer is guaranteed to include some variant of the following phrase: “Oh yeah. That’s a place.” Suffice to say, Wyoming is very far from the top of anyone’s hit list, so much so that nuking it would be a waste of a nuke. Yes sir, being a safe haven during a nuclear war just might be the first thing Wyoming has ever been good at.
THE MOST LIKELY TARGET:
ILLINOIS After reading that last word in the headline you’re probably scratching your head in confusion. And we don’t blame you. “Why isn’t New York or Washington, D.C. the most likely target listed?” You may ask. Well, the staff here at After enjoys the assumption that our magazine is read by, at the very least, mildly intelligent people who would know better than to go anywhere near a major political or financial hub in a time of war. Give yourselves some credit folks. Or in other words, “duh.” So what makes the Prairie State such an undesirable nuclear holocaust refuge? Its abundance of nuclear reactors, that’s what. Eleven of them, to be exact. If a nuclear bomb were dropped on LaSalle, IL, near the center of the state and home to two of the 11 reactors, we would be up shit creek without a paddle bleeding to death in its piranha infested waters. We can think of at least three things off the tops of our heads that would be more fun than that. You see, not only would the blast and fallout from the bomb cause irreparable damage to the surrounding areas, but the explosions and radiation from each reactor in town would triple the blast effects. Though it depends on the type of nuclear bomb and wind direction, there is potential for fallout to reach Chicago, Cleveland, Cincinnati, St. Louis, Nashville, Indianapolis, and Pittsburgh as well. Oh, and Detroit too, but… well, that may actually be a good thing. Regardless, these potentially affected areas only take into consideration the single bomb that was dropped. Who knows what adverse effects the other nuclear reactors in the state could yield due to this potential tragedy, or if they were to be bombed as well? Not us, and we sure don’t want to find out. (Fallout and blast radius calculated by http://www.nuclearsecrecy.com/nukemap/)
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