The majority of people in the United States live outside the blast radius for critical targets in a third World War. They will survive the initial attack after the immediate victims of blast and fire injuries perish. It’s fallout you will have to worry about, which will be the big slow killer for the survivors. It could take anywhere from hours to a year or more to die of slow exposure to gamma radiation and the threat of inhaled alpha and beta particles could persist for many years afterwards. That includes delivery by hypersonic drones, shoreline torpedos and incoming ballistic and air dropped nukes.
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