Ever thought what kind of damage a nuclear device would do to the Portland metro area? No? Well, wonder no more.
I’ve always had a grim fascination with end times – especially on film or in written form- whether that’d be germ warfare that wipes out most of the population except for a few survivors a la The Omega Man. Or, Stephen King’s The Stand that has a super flu clobbering mankind. And let’s not forget 28 Days Later that did a great job resurrecting a fun genre.
Then there are the serious works – The Day After, Threads, and the most-depressing of them all, Testament.
It was during the 80s that I also read Dr. Helen Caldicott’s Missile Envy that frightened me beyond belief. [If you survive even a small nuclear war, the stench of death and rot, vomit and a growing rat population will not be pleasant. And that’s just in the shelter you’re hiding out it. I’m paraphrasing but that was the gist.]
Coming of age at the end of the Cold War I honestly thought we weren’t going to make it to the 90s. I had also read a book at the time that had maps of US cities and the effects of a small nuclear device that filled me with both dread and a sick sense of glee all at the same time.
And now a new site from Carlos Labs they call Ground Zero.
From their site:
And it does not look good.
Here’s damage from a Chinese missile carrying an ICBM. Yay for you if you live on the other side of I-205. Or Milwaukie.
Here’s the outcome of the missile Slim Pickens was riding in Dr. Strangelove:
And if an asteroid hits us anytime soon?