Looking at nuclear attack impact on major city
| 05.31.2007 | 09:50:05 | Views: 2889 | ID:
May 31 '07: The Homeland Security Watch blog has posted an article about the public/private partnership between the Canadian Defense Department's R&D agency and Battelle "to produce a schematic illustrating a 'preliminary analysis on the economic impact of a nuclear weapon event in Vancouver.'"
Vancouver is roughly the same size in population to Washington D.C., HSLWatch reported. Of the findings, "the costliest aspect would be the response to a nuclear detonation in a North American city."The scenarios outlined included attacks using a .07 kiloton bomb, a 13kT bomb, and a 100kT bomb and then outlined the "five different categories of cost," which included lost earnings, indirect aftereffects, infrastructure loss, decontamination and evacuation. In the schematic release, researchers found that currently, there "are no cleanup standards specifically designed for radiological or nuclear terrorist events," in Canada and that "A risk-based approach to the development and application of cleanup standards for terrorist events is needed." HLSWatch linked the study with an ongoing discussion into the Department of Homeland Security's Securing the Cities Initiative.
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