In a nuclear attack, there’s no avoiding the brutal math

By Erika Engelhaupt, 17:06 PM January 28, 2014

Like many Washingtonians, I try not to think about my proximity to a potential nuclear attack bull’s-eye. I live just over a mile from the U.S. Capitol, and I work three-quarters of a mile from the White House.

I’ve blithely assumed that if D.C. were ever bombed in a nuclear attack, I would just vaporize without ever knowing what hit me. But as I’ve learned from a recent analysis of where and when to take shelter, the kinds of nuclear weapons that would probably be used in an attack today are ...

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