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US to Update Nuclear Disaster Plans

US to Update Nuclear Disaster Plans

By    |   Friday, 24 August 2018 02:41 PM

The United States government is in the process of updating its plans for nuclear detonations over 60 of the largest cities in the country, according to BuzzFeed News.

According to an official at the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency, public health and emergency response officials discussed shifting from plans for small-scale nuclear devices that could be used by terrorists to making plans for large-scale nuclear attacks by "state actors," at a two-day workshop on Thursday.

"We are looking at 100 kiloton to 1,000 kiloton detonations," said Luis Garcia, the head of FEMA’s chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear branch. The current "nuclear detonation"  plan focuses on blasts ranging from 1 to 10 kilotons, less than the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945.

"The North Koreans have really changed the calculus," Cham Dallas, director of the University of Georgia’s Institute for Disaster Management, said at the event. "We really have to look at thermonuclear now."

FEMA’s new plan also will consider the possibility of a cyberweapon being used on power plans and taking out cell phone signals before a detonation, or a scenario in which an initial nuclear detonation is followed by a threat or demand.

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