Preventing A Nuclear Nightmare

Graham Allison explains the potential impact on a city like Los Angeles if Al Qaeda succeeds in its threat to nuke a U.S. city.
September 20, 2004, 11am PDT | Chris Steins | @urbaninsight
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"Imagine the consequences of a 10-kiloton weapon exploding in Los Angeles. From the epicenter of the blast to a distance of approximately one-third mile, every structure and individual would vanish instantaneously. A bomb exploded at the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue would vaporize the historic Mann's Chinese Theatre and the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Buildings three-quarters of a mile from ground zero, like the Pantages Theater (the former home of the Academy Awards show), would look like the Murrah Federal Office Building in Oklahoma City after it was destroyed in 1995 by a massive bomb hidden inside a rental truck. The fires and radiation of the blast's outer circle would erase the sign in the Hollywood Hills."

Thanks to Laura Kranz

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Published on Sunday, September 19, 2004 in The Los Angeles Times
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