Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Nuclear Horror

By sheer coincidence, I've been following Season 4 of the always gripping 24 (plot spoiler ahead!) and wondering how a nuclear meltdown in neighboring Iran would affect Kuwait.

Well wonder no more, fellow citizens... As this article in yesterday's Al-Watan makes painfully clear, if something does indeed go wrong at any of Iran's nuclear reactor plants.... we're screwed!

Even if by some miracle Kuwait gets on the right track to democracy and freedom (as opposed to the sham that it is today), the Constitution and the rule of law are in full effect, and Kuwaiti citizens become the most productive in the region.. a nuclear holocaust could wipe it all out!

Choke on that!

32 comments:

  1. I think AlQabas wrote something about this couple of months ago. If im not mistaken, we're only 300KM away from Iran's nuclear reactors, & as you said, if something went wrong there, we would definitely be screwed!
    What if the US got into war with Iran, or even worst, what if Israel decided they would hit their nuclear reactors?

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  2. أهم شى الجز و الساهون ما يتأثر بالاشعاع

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  3. bo ghazi... my thoughts exactly

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  4. وآنا أقول ليش ما أحب إيران
    بس ترى هذي مصيبة

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  5. the probablity of a nuclear disaster, and a full democracy is the same. Allah ibashrik Zaydoun.

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  6. "a nuclear holocaust could wipe it all out!"

    Or could it?? maybe it'll put everything on the right track !!

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  7. As a person who follows Iran's nuclear ambitions and developments, I assure you that in case of an earthquake which is Iran very prone too, we will be hit first and suffer from nuclear contamination for decades to come. Busheher's nuclear plant is situated in an area that is geographically closer to kuwait than any of the densly populated urban areas of Iran. So dont think that a Chernobil like disaster is far from happening in our troubled region. however, i would like to praise the civil defense directorate in kuwait for establishing a centre that deals with NBC (nuclear,biological,and chemical crisis) but then again no precautionary measurements would fully hault the disasterouse effects of a nuclear crisis, bas the damages can always be minimized by taken such steps.
    oo salamtek

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  8. jashanmal
    الله يبشرك بالخير

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  9. ايران يحكمها آيات الله، وابتلاء المؤمن من آيات الله.. واللهم لا اعتراض

    كل عام والجميع بخير.. تفاءلوا.. دام الشيخة لطيفة (اللي قبل أقل من أربع سنوات كانت ضد حقوق المرأة السياسية وبشدة) صارت تدعو لدخول المرأة في سلك القضاء

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  10. لكل منطقة من مناطق العالم سلبياتها و ايجابياتها, و هذا شي واضح جدا في السنوات الأخيرة. حروب, زلازل, براكين, فياضانات,اوزون و هلم جرا

    قدرنا في الكويت أن نكون سكان دولة صغيرة و غنية و تقع في موقع استراتيجي عالمي, قدرنا الآخر أن نكون في وسط ثلاث حيتان كبار و هم ايران و السعودية و العرق, قدرنا أيضا أن القوة العظمى في العالم لها مصالح مباشرة عندنا و حوالينا

    فلن نستطيع ايقاف ايران عن تصنيع سلاحها النووي, و لن نستطيع ايقاف امريكا من ضرب ايران, و لن نستطيع منع حرب عالمية ثالثة

    كل ما نستطيع فعله هو الصلاة و الدعاء بالسلامة و حفظ الوطن الغالي

    و انشالله الامور ما تتطور الى أسوأ من الحاصل

    آسف للاطالة يا اصدقائي

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  11. That program IS quite stressful.

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  12. i hoope our lovely gulf fish and our drinking water do not affected by those nucliar plants.

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  13. ...a nuclear holocaust would wipe out everything!

    I tend to go along with THE DON verbatim.
    It just might induce favourable mutations briging forth an overdue correction in the moral fibre, integrity and work ethic of Govt. employees; agreed it is using the garden fork to lift the mercury but puppy love is wasted on some and it's about time they are smothered with some tough love.

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  14. Horror indeed. And all your comments are making it even more horrible to bear the undeniable scenarious that are running around my head now.

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  15. too little... Sadly we won't be around to see the results of this tough love

    Jewaira... sorry I didn't mean to scare everyone, but in the past I never cared about Iranian nuclear ambitions. Now '24' got me thinking... I guess we'll just call Jack Bauer to save the day!

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  16. Our government is afraid to say anything to Iran. Iran would enterpret it as hotstile.

    If all Kuwait stands up against it, then our government will have the a popular backbone to lean on.

    Hey guys/gals!!

    Did you give up on life and Kuwaitis or are you brave enough to save yourself from Iran Nuke Reactor deadly incompetence!!!???

    Who has the guts to live?????

    LET'S DO SOMETHING!!

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  17. moody,

    your government is scared shitless mn musalam albarrak oo rab3ah tbeehum eyna67ooon iran halmarah.........ya 3amyyyyyyy

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  18. الخطر الاشعاعي النووي في الوقت الحالي من الممكن ان يتسبب في مشاكل بيولوجيه اكثر بسبعة عشر ضعف الكوارث التي حلت باليابان منذ اكثر من نصف قرن،قادر على تدميرالحياة البحريه بشكل كامل وتقليص كثافة المياه في المتر المكعب الواحد مما يؤدي لخلخلة المد والجزر وهذا بدوره يؤدي لتحريك الكره الارضيه (لم يحدث منذ قنبلة هيروشيما)،اما بالنسبه للانسان فالمجرد العلم اذكر بأن استنشاق الهواء المشبع بالغبار النووي يِؤدي لتدمير جزئي لخلاياه العصبيه وتفتيت الفقرات القطنيه(الاربعه الاخيره من الظهر)

    المخلوق الوحيد الذي يتحمل هذا الضغط النووي والذي يتكيف مع معطياته هو الصرصور

    سلامتها ام حسن سلامتها ام حسن

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  19. Jashanmal

    Musallam albarrak or Islamists are controlling the government???? No way, it's the other way around.

    This Nuclear issue is a popular issue. I would bet you that the government are the secret movers behind the articles; they may now know the potential dangers.

    They just cannot act out of the blue. They want the public opinion to "initiate" action. After all, Iran still feels that Kuwait was unjust in supporting Iraq in 1979.

    Even though Iran may feel that way, it does not give them the right to build the nukes so close to us.

    Now, if you know government needs to have wide public support/initiative. What will you do?? This issue might just show you where the gut/awareness level of the q8y population is.

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  20. unfortunately in this day in age, Kuwaitis seem to care about how much more money they can squeeze out of the government than care about the country!

    I remember reading something about this in AlQabas a while back but nothing else since, u just dont get the feeling that its a priority at all in anyone's agenda

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  21. زيدون
    موضوع مهم وايد وتشكر على اثارته
    ومن باب موضوعية الطرح ترى هناك العديد من الدول النوويه القريبه لنا مثل الصين وكوريا والهند والباكستان وحتى اسرائيل عندها محطات نوويه وممكن تشكل خطر على جيرانها والتلوث البيئي اللي صار بعد انفجار محطة شرينوبل بروسيا خير دليل
    اتفق مع أخوي كله مطقوق
    وكل عام والجميع بخير

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  22. OMG OMG laish kil hal mfawal smilla 3ala deeratna intoo ma t5afoon yumur malak!!!!

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  23. zinzin

    I guess the power of prayers is paramount.

    However, the really knowledgeable muslims tell us: "I3qilhawa Wa Tawakkal"

    I guess it is about role distribution:

    some of us can ya3qilha so that some of us can yatawakkal. Those to compliment ech other rather than clash.

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  24. Kuwait... Democracy... Freedom?
    The three words DO NOT exist altogether in one dictionary. I'm sorry to say that but it is a fact...
    Happy New Year 9al 3omrek, w'la t7alem wayed...

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  25. So..would I have glow-in-the-dark babies soon? how fun..better way to save electricity instead of switching on the lights & looking for them.

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  26. I don't know, Kwt has been radioctive for too long for us to worry now..

    The year old Hersh article on the creepy plans for Iran: http://www.newyorker.com/fact/content/?050124fa_fact

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  27. This information provides you with a glimpse of the destruction that can be caused by a nuclear explosion.  As you read the information, attempt to visualize the horror and destruction brought on by such a weapon.

    Scenario

    The following summary of effects is based on a 20-megaton ground-burst nuclear detonation above a city with a population of 2.8 million during the day when many people from outlying areas would be in the city working or shopping.

    Ground zero:

    Within 1/1000th of a second, a fireball would form, enveloping downtown and reaching out for two miles in every direction from the point where the bomb went off, commonly known as ground zero. Temperatures would rise to 20 million degrees Fahrenheit, and everything--buildings, trees, cars, and people--would be vaporized.

    Two Miles to Four Miles from Ground Zero:

    Out to a distance of 4 miles, the blast would produce pressures of 25 pounds per square inch and winds in excess of 650 miles per hour. These titanic forces would rip buildings apart and level everything, including reinforced concrete and steel structures. Even deep underground bomb shelters would be crushed.

    Four Miles to Ten Miles from Ground Zero:

    As far as six miles from the center of the explosion, the heat would vaporize automobile sheet metal. Glass would melt. Out to a distance of ten miles in all directions, the heat would still be intense enough to melt sheet metal. At this distance, the blast wave would create pressures of 7 to 10 pounds per square inch and winds of 200 miles per hour. Reinforced concrete buildings would be heavily damaged and all other buildings--masonry and wood frame--would be leveled.

    Sixteen Miles from Ground Zero:

    At a distance of 16 miles from the center, the heat would ignite all easily flammable materials (houses, paper, cloth, leaves, gasoline, heating fuel)?and start hundreds of thousands of fires. Fanned by blast winds still in excess of 100 miles per hour, these fires would merge into a giant firestorm more than 30 miles across and covering 800 square miles. Flames would consume everything within this entire area. Temperatures would rise to 1400 degrees Fahrenheit. The death rate would approach 100%.

    Firestorms of this type, though on a smaller scale, developed in Hamburg, Dresden, and in parts of Tokyo after conventional bombing attacks during World War II. The information gained from these experiences has particular relevance to the question of fallout shelters. In these earlier firestorms only those who left their bomb shelters had any chance of surviving. Those who remained in underground shelters were killed, roasted as their bunkers were turned into ovens and suffocated as the fires consumed all of the oxygen in the air.

    Beyond Sixteen Miles:

    At 21 miles from ground zero, the blast would still produce pressures of two pounds per square inch, enough to shatter glass windows and turn each of them into hundreds of lethal missiles flying outward from the center at 100 miles per hour. At 29 miles away from the center the heat would be so intense that all exposed skin, not protected by clothing, would suffer third degree burns. To a distance of 32 miles second degree burns. Even as far as 40 miles from ground zero anyone who turned to gaze at the sudden flash of light would be blinded by burns on the retina at the back of their eyes.

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  28. One of the effects of nuclear weapons detonated on or near the earth's surface is the resulting radioactive fallout. Immediately after the detonation, a great deal of earth and debris, made radioactive by the blast, is carried high into the atmosphere, forming a mushroom cloud. The material drifts downwind and gradually falls back to earth, contaminating thousands of square miles. This page describes the fallout pattern over a seven-day period.

    Assumptions
    Wind speed: 15 mph
    Wind direction: due east
    Time frame: 7 days

    NOTE: IRANS NUCLEAR PLANT ONLY 300KM OR AROUND 186 MILES FROM KUWAIT!!!

    3,000 Rem*
    Distance: 30 miles
    Much more than a lethal dose of radiation. Death can occur within hours of exposure. About 10 years will need to pass before levels of radioactivity in this area drop low enough to be considered safe, by U.S. peacetime standards.

    900 Rem
    Distance: 90 miles
    A lethal dose of radiation. Death occurs from two to fourteen days.

    BELOW IS WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO KUWAIT SINCE WE'RE 186 MILES AWAY!!

    300 Rem
    Distance: 160 miles
    Causes extensive internal damage, including harm to nerve cells and the cells that line the digestive tract, and results in a loss of white blood cells. Temporary hair loss is another result.

    90 Rem
    Distance: 250 miles
    Causes a temporary decrease in white blood cells, although there are no immediate harmful effects. Two to three years will need to pass before radioactivity levels in this area drop low enough to be considered safe, by U.S. peacetime standards.

    *Rem: Stands for "roentgen equivalent man." This is a measurement used to quantify the amount of radiation that will produce certain biological effects.

    NOTE: This information has been drawn mainly from "The Effects of Nuclear War" (Washington: Office of Technology Assessment, Congress of the United States, 1979). The zones of destruction described on this page are broad generalizations and do not take into account factors such as weather and geography of the target.

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  29. sabahf78

    scary stuff!!

    Well, your excellent reply seems to indicate the cry under a heavy blanket of our political system for popular support.

    Guys/gals are we doing anything about this on top of Prayers, or is the weather now cold enough to accept nuclear meltdown to warm/evaporate our hearts??

    What will our kids think of us??

    Zaydoun thx for bringing this up!!

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  30. Hello,
    There are some points to be considered beside all of the "destructive" effects of an accident or a bomb.
    People seems to forget that in the 1980s Iraq also initiated a nuclear plant and was destroyed by Israeli air force and we were not affected as far as I remember.
    The points to be considered for further more investigations are:
    1. Nuclear plants differ in power and productivity, and according to some experts, Iran is still on the beginning. Thus, I personally don't expect that it would reach the level of Chernobyl yet.

    2. Every nucler plant, when built, is designed carefully for all climatic and geographical concerns. Let's not forget that the plant in Iran is not built solely by Iran, but with help from other leaders in this field such as Russia and China (along with India).

    3. The design of nuclear plants has changed dramatically since Chernobyl disaster. The safety measures and procedures changed and more secure systems were developed and still developing. Chernobyl disaster itself was caused by unpredictable malfunctioning in the control of the coolants (apparatus that is responsible to cool down the plant). That is, the disaster was not caused by any natural causes like Earthquakes.

    4. Distance between the city and Kuwait is something, and the geographical levels is something else. The western coast of Iran is surrounded by Zagros mountains, and they might work as a natural shield. Zagros mountains, by the way, are mainly formed by igneous rocks, which are in return, radioactive by nature.

    5. In case of diaster, the climate and wind direction plays an important rule in case of such accidents. The dominant air direction in Kuwait is from NW to SE.

    6. Politically, and I'm not a politician or following up politics, it is incorrect to strike on Iran at such moment. US is weaker than before and yet turbulent from the inside and the outside, and a look into the situation in Afghanistan and Iraq would tell obviously that another trap is not needed, specially with a country like Iran. US army is having trouble controlling Iraq with all the air forces and land forces, so you can imagine as you like how Iran to be managed in any case.

    7. To know the truth, we shouldn't follow the media. We should read and be more scientific in the approach of such scientific-related subjects. Authors of many articles, specially on American newspapers, are not a good source of information. We don't know who is playing a propaganda, and who is true, or what are their resources even. Logic can save the panic.

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