New Show Describes DC's Nuclear Devastation

History Channel scares the bejeezus out of us

The History Channel has a problem: What happens to your network when you've run out of history to talk about?

There are only so many ways to say Nostradamus was right. So what then?  Why you make up new history, of course!

The Future ... err, History Channel just debuted a new show called "Day After Disaster" that describes what experts think would happen if a terrorist unleashed a nuclear device in front of the Capitol Building. It's must-see TV for sure, with all of the special effects that show the bomb's shockwaves leveling the city, knocking planes out of the sky and making the White House get all wobbly at the knees.

Here's the link to a bootleg copy uploaded to YouTube. If you don't have time to watch the whole thing, we highlighted the good stuff the D.C. area should know. Consider it the CliffsNotes of Nuclear Devastation in Washington, D.C.

What We Learned:

  • Doomsday will be delivered by a terrorist with a 10-kiloton nuclear device.
  • It will be a simple gun-type device carried in a delivery van and will be done on a weekday morning.
  • If you're at the epicenter in front of the Capitol Building, you will most likely be vaporized.
  • 5,000 people, including everyone 1/3 of mile from Ground Zero, will die instantly.
  • Another 10,000 die in matter of seconds, and 15,000 more will be injured.
  • Anyone 0.6 miles to 1 mile away from the epicenter survives the initial thermal pulse ... but not for long.
  • 30,000 are dead or injured 15 seconds after the blast.
  • The White House, which is located 1.39 miles from Ground Zero, has reinforced concrete and survives the blast, but is heavily damaged.
  • Don't stare at the thermal flash or you'll have flash blindness, could suffer permanent blindness and may have your retinas seared.
  • We have a plan to deal with the aftermath!

So there you go; some key points to ponder while you're enjoying a crisp fall day in the District. Oh, and if you want to watch the whole show, The History Channel will be playing it again at 6 p.m. Sunday.

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