If you're wondering what would happen if North Korea complies with the mysterious “Christmas present” threat launched this week, the handy NukeMap app created by nuclear weapons historian Alex Wellerstein lays out the numbers in grim detail. The United States has been closely monitoring North Korea since Ri Thae Song, deputy foreign minister of the United States, warned on Tuesday that nuclear talks must resume before Dec. 31 or, “What remains to be done now is the U.S. Department of State to get.
The projections are much worse for the East Coast. An attack the size of World War II in Times Square would turn most of downtown Manhattan into a memory, with more than 422,000 dead and nearly 700,000 injured, and the effects would be felt as far away as New Jersey and Queens. An attack in downtown Boston would kill 114,000 people and injure another 236,000, while a detonation in D, C. would leave nearly 100,000 dead and 203,000 injured.
While few believe that North Korea has the capacity to attack the continental United States with a nuclear missile, some think that an attack on Hawaii is possible. In that case, the death toll from a strike against downtown Honolulu would be approximately 56,000 and 109,000 injured. Keep up to date with everything you need to know about L, A. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram.
Some 151,000 people would be injured. If a bomb were dropped on downtown Los Angeles, some 84,000 people would perish and more than 187,000 would be injured. However, how horrific it has been the subject of debate. While most agree that hundreds of thousands and potentially millions would die, the number could be two or perhaps three times higher if Washington or Pyongyang deployed their nuclear arsenals in a conflict.
Alex Wellerstein, professor at the Stevens Institute of Technology, has created a website that uses an algorithm that tries to quantify nuclear horror that until now we can only imagine. So, the provider of doom that I am, I wrote “downtown Los Angeles” as the site of a hypothetical North Korean nuclear weapon attack with a 250 kiloton nuclear weapon, the same estimated force that 38 North analysts at the John Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies delivered after Pyongyang's sixth nuclear test in September.