Monday, December 11, 2006

Bombing Tampa

I came across this visual tool at the Federation of American Scientists site that shows how much of a city would get destroyed by as nuclear bomb. If MacDill AFB were the site of an terrorist driven automobile carried nuclear bomb, how large a damage area would it cause? How much of Tampa would get destroyed? A 800 kiloton bomb would destroy all of the Tampa peninsula below I-275. Hiroshima was a 13 kiloton bomb. Most suitcase bombs are likely to be anywhere from 1 to 5 kilotons.

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

Happy Holiday!

Anonymous said...

Well MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU TOO BLOGGER!!! I guess the message here is that at least Seminole Heights would be spared.

Anonymous said...

Are you saying the neighborhood association should advertise the hood as being far away from MacDill that you wouldn't die instantly? Hum, that's perfect for a jingle.

NewHeightsMag said...

Gives you that warm, toasty, lingering death due to radiation poison feeling.

Bloggerwife said...

Can you imagine what dinner conversation is like around our house? I can assure you folks, he is aware on some level that it's Christmas. We have a tree up and fully decorated, carols playing in the background, cookies baking in the oven. Maybe the canned Christmas music blasting from store sound systems since October has finally gotten to him!

Shave and a Haircut, Two Bits said...

Actually, as a disaster recovery planner for my firm - I found this very helpful and interesting! Thank you Scott - I appreciated the link!

PS - want to read something really scary - check out the proposed rail transportation of nuclear waste across the heartland. Be afraid! http://www.mapscience.org/plumes/Springfield.pdf

RatsAsss said...

Whaaat...a conspiracy theorist among us??? What's next...Santa isn't real!?

Anonymous said...

Would the Dis and Dat building remain standing?

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jaded1 said...

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shawn-non-anonymous said...

Queen Bar Bee: Nuclear waste cannot detonate with a nuclear reaction. So scary comparisons with a 100kilton warhead are not realistic.

Anonymous said...

I heard that the Sulphur Springs water tower is really being used to store nuclear waste.

Anonymous said...

The Sulphur Springs water tower is filled with the blood of virgins. There are five in Tampa set up in the shape of pentagrams. Its how Tampa avoids thw hurricanes every year.

Anonymous said...

Did the virgins come from the midwest? They have certainly been safe from hurricanes.

Shave and a Haircut, Two Bits said...

shawn non-anonymous: I know nuclear waste can't detonate - but trains can derail. I find the transportation of chemical and nuclear waste by train a much scarier and more realistic scenario than a terrorist delivered nuclear bomb.

Then again - let's talk about the melting of the polar icecaps and how that's going to raise the global sea level and how that's going to impact Tampa.

Let's not even get started on Pandemic Flu scenario. What can I say - they pay me to be Schleprock at my office.

Anonymous said...

Looks like they don't take into account the potential ignition of the underground pipeline carrying jet fuel from Port Tampa to TIA.

Anonymous said...

They'd have to ship em in. Everyone knows Tampa girls are nuthin but trash.

Anonymous said...

Tampa girls ain't trash. Trash gets picked up!

Anonymous said...

Heh. Nice one 11:21.