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North Korea-U.S. Tensions: How Americans Can Prepare for a Nuclear Strike
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10 Aug 2017 03:44 PM EST

-by Chanel Adams, Staff Writer; Image: The mushroom cloud of the atomic bombing of the Japanese city of Nagasaki on August 9, 1945 (Image Source: Public Domain)

President Donald Trump responded to North Korea's threats "with fire and fury like the world has never seen."

Now, the U.S. and the rest of the world is on edge at the thought at another possible war.

North Korea has threatened to launch nuclear missiles at the U.S. island territory of Guam. This comes after reports that Pyongyang has finally succeeded in creating a nuclear weapon that could fit on an intercontinental missile.

Should the U.S. be prepared for a nuclear war? Should Americans prepare themselves for a nuclear strike? What does this all mean? Experts say not to worry just yet.

The most important thing to know is that nobody wants war. The U.S. doesn't want to start a war with North Korea. North Korea's main goal is to survive. Starting a war with the U.S. would jeopardize the country, according to BBC News. According to BBC defense correspondent Jonathan Marcus, Kim Jong-un does not want to go the way of Libya's Muammar Gaddafi or Iraq's Saddam Hussein.

No action has been taking yet. There only has been threats. President Trump's latest threat may have ticked off North Korea, but this does not mean the U.S. is starting a war. An anonymous U.S. military official told Reuters that no one should be concerned about these new developments.

"Just because the rhetoric goes up, doesn't mean our posture changes," the source said.

Meanwhile, New York Times columnist Max Fisher added, "These are the sorts of signals, not a leader's offhand comments, that matter most in international relations."

North Korea made several threats against the U.S., Japan, and South Korea. The country has threatened to turn Seoul into a "sea of fire." Trump has only stated that he would act if North Korea made more threats. Kim Jong-un is getting more confident with his nuclear weapons, according to analysts. However, North Korea can't star war unless another country did. There is still some hope at this point.

There's still a chance that a nuclear war could happen. Emergency managers in San Francisco are preparing themselves in the event of a threat. The damage from a nuclear missile from North Korea could create a fireball a mile in diameter, according to The San Francisco Chronicle. It could reach temperatures as hot as the sun's surface and winds greater than a hurricane, according to the Bulletin of the Atomic Science. Radioactive fallout from a nuclear missile could reach over hundreds of miles.

San Francisco is still coming up with a plan to handle a nuclear explosion. The city would use the same emergency preparations that it does for natural disasters such as earthquakes, flooding, and fires. When a nuclear explosion does strike, you should do some of the following, courtesy of BGR News:

  • Don't look at it. If you’re within about 50 miles of the detonation you stand a huge risk of being blinded by the light of the explosion, so cast your gaze elsewhere or your survival prospects are going to go dark in a hurry.
  • Get inside immediately. Depending on how close you are to the impact, the heat of the blast could give you up to the third-degree burns, so dive into whatever sturdy shelter is nearby to ride out the first wave of danger. Obviously, concrete and brick are good choices, but if you're close enough to feel the heat you’ll need to make do with whatever is within sprinting distance.
  • If you're caught somewhere with literally no structures nearby you should lay down flat and cover your head for at least a minute or two until the blast wave passes.

The site also has tips on how to handle warnings and the aftereffects of a nuclear strike. While there is no cause for worry, it's better to be informed and prepared.

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