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Re: Whelp. THAT would have closed the Tail of the Dragon for a while...
« Reply #1 on: June 12, 2014, 10:04:15 AM »
Decades ago. 
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Re: Whelp. THAT would have closed the Tail of the Dragon for a while...
« Reply #2 on: June 12, 2014, 10:06:22 AM »
Yup. I doubt there'd be a lot of riding through there for a while.  Heck, if one went off and the other didn't, contamination would have been bad.

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Re: Whelp. THAT would have closed the Tail of the Dragon for a while...
« Reply #3 on: June 12, 2014, 10:08:11 AM »
It would have spread potentially lethal radioactive dust through all the major Mid-Atlantic cities, from what I understand. 
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Re: Whelp. THAT would have closed the Tail of the Dragon for a while...
« Reply #4 on: June 12, 2014, 10:09:01 AM »
Definitely would have closed the Tail of the Dragon for a while then... :razz:

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Re: Whelp. THAT would have closed the Tail of the Dragon for a while...
« Reply #5 on: June 12, 2014, 10:12:42 AM »
It would have spread potentially lethal radioactive dust through all the major Mid-Atlantic cities, from what I understand.

It really depends on prevailing winds, tbh.  I was graduating from High School when Mt. Saint Helens blew.  20 miles north of my hometown had inches of ash (like 6-8), we had a light dusting.  20 miles south saw virtually no dust.

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Re: Whelp. THAT would have closed the Tail of the Dragon for a while...
« Reply #6 on: June 12, 2014, 10:28:43 AM »
Yes, it does depend on the wind.  The book I've been reading does point out that the prevailing winds at that time were to the north east.
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« Reply #7 on: June 12, 2014, 10:38:44 AM »
Yes, it does depend on the wind.  The book I've been reading does point out that the prevailing winds at that time were to the north east.

Interesting.  What book is that?  Does it include the info in the CNN article too?  These sorts of historical events fascinate me.

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« Reply #8 on: June 12, 2014, 10:45:49 AM »
I didn't know about any CNN story, but this is the definitive text on the subject: http://www.amazon.com/Command-Control-Damascus-Accident-Illusion/dp/1594202273


Read it and you'll realize that it's only dumb luck and perhaps divine intervention that would explain why we haven't all died from nuclear weapons so far.
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« Reply #9 on: June 12, 2014, 10:49:47 AM »
I didn't know about any CNN story, but this is the definitive text on the subject: http://www.amazon.com/Command-Control-Damascus-Accident-Illusion/dp/1594202273


Read it and you'll realize that it's only dumb luck and perhaps divine intervention that would explain why we haven't all died from nuclear weapons so far.


I guess I missed the link a bit, I'll expand it to all the whole text.

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Re: Whelp. THAT would have closed the Tail of the Dragon for a while...
« Reply #10 on: June 12, 2014, 03:13:30 PM »
Yes, it does depend on the wind.  The book I've been reading does point out that the prevailing winds at that time were to the north east.


There is this website: http://nuclearsecrecy.com/nukemap/
It gives you an idea of what the effected area would be.

If the prevailing winds were to the North East, The Deals Gap would have been spared.
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