Nuclear News | March 23, 2017

New York City. Photo Credit: Aurelien Guichard

What Happens If a Nuclear Bomb Goes Off in Manhattan?

On a quiet afternoon, two medium-sized nuclear blasts level portions of Manhattan. If this were a movie, hordes of panicked New Yorkers would pour out into the streets, running around and calling out for their loved ones. But reality doesn’t usually line up with Hollywood’s vision of a disaster scene, says William Kennedy, a professor in the Center for Social Complexity at George Mason University. Instead, he expects people would stay in place, follow instructions, and tend to the injured nearby.

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