San Francisco Example: Summary
This simulation of a nuclear accident contains many assumptions, and there is a high degree of uncertainty in the prediction of specific effects and the resulting casualty figures. Great care is taken in the designing of these weapons systems specifically to prevent an accident from taking place. However, of all the nations's nuclear forces, the submarines are the most autonomous (have the fewest safety lockouts).
However, some points stand out.
- 105 square miles of property destruction (2 psi)
- 224,000 killed, 175,000 injured
- Dangerous radiation levels from fallout extend for 50 miles from blast site
- Coordinated national rescue and recovery effort necessary