Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, fears of World War III and nuclear warfare breaking out across countries have reached an all-time high.
The actions of Russian President, Vladimir Putin have been condemned across the world as US President Joe Biden has vowed to “sanction” Russia.
The British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has also branded the fighting “hideous and barbaric” and has vowed to end the war. Regardless of this, Putin has shown no signs of backing down. If that’s the case, how can the public protect themselves from a nuclear threat?
In the case of a nuclear war, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the US said: “It would have devastating results and there would be limited time to take critical protection steps.” They added that planning and preparation before the attack can decrease the chances of death and disease. The organisation also revealed that the first few hours after a nuclear blast are usually the most critical. They explained: “For instance, most people don’t realise that sheltering in a place for at least 24 hours is crucial to saving lives and reducing exposure to radiation.”
Other tips provided by the CDC included remaining face down on the ground straight after the blast, protecting yourself with a face mask and staying inside until you’ve been told otherwise. The Centre also advised that people should find shelter underground and limit ventilation to prevent radioactive residue brought by the wind.
This news came after Russian “seized control” of Chernobyl, Ukraine’s nuclear power plant. According to an advisor to the Ukrainian interior ministry, the violent attacks might have destroyed a nuclear waste storage facility.
Fighting between Ukrainian and Russian forces in the area in the north of the country may have led to the damage, according to NBC. However, these reports are yet to be independently verified.
“Advisor to Ukrainian interior ministry says that Russian forces entered Chernobyl and that fighting there destroyed a nuclear waste storage facility,” NBC’s Richard Engel tweeted yesterday afternoon.
This was initially reported but was later clarified due to a mistranslation. He added shortly after: “Clarifying: advisor says heaving fighting may disturb nuclear waste.”Read More
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