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Quest for peace

What would happen in the event of a nuclear war? Total destruction. And that is why we need to work towards peace and justice in this world.

S. KULANDHAISAMY

The Hindu

A rainbow peace flag...

A rainbow peace flag...  

We have just witnessed a war. A war, that was fought despite the disapproval of the U.N. It was an irresponsible act of violence. How can we allow such things to happen. It is up to us to strive for peace.

Some facts about what would happen in the event of a nuclear war:

Every person within six miles (10 km) of the bomb target will be killed, many vaporised.

Within a radius of 20 miles (32 km) every person will be killed or lethally injured.

Within 26 miles (42 km) if you are walking along, your clothes would instantaneously ignite and you'd become a flaming torch.

At 40 miles (64 km) you could be instantly blinded if you look at the bomb flash.

There would be firestorm from about 1,500 to 3,000 square miles, so if you go to a fallout shelter, the firestorm sucks the oxygen out and you die of asphyxiation, and the blast and heat will convert the fallout shelters to crematoria.

It is estimated that in a total nuclear war, 90 per cent of the population of the countries involved will die within 30 days. And the survivors will remain in fallout shelters for two months, because radiation fallout is so severe that it will cause vomiting, hair to fall out and result in death.

As the corpses decay, bacteria will multiply. Insects, which are very resistant to radiation, will multiply by the trillions because birds will be killed by the fallout. There will be epidemics.

Source: Call to Action: Handbook for Ecology, Peace and Justice. Courtesy: Peace Ideas, Philippines.

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