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Sunday, January 14, 2018
37 Minutes of Nuclear War
For 37 Minutes, Hawaii was dealing with nuclear war. Apparently someone pushed the wrong button at the warning center and it took that long for the problem to be corrected.
Now if you were one of those people who got the warning message, things got pretty darn real for a while. I'm betting a lot of people were thinking that they were definitely not prepared for nuclear missiles.
The story brings me back to the duck and cover days of my youth. Back in the 60s we had regular nuclear drills. Our teachers would dutifully march their classes down to the basement until the all clear was given.
Being an inquisitive kid with a pretty high reading level, I got hold of the actual civil defense booklets on nuclear war. One of the first things that jumped out at me was how poorly equipped we were at my school. There was no water or food storage. The basement had no backup power. We lacked filters for radioactive particles. The adults I talked to about all this basically told me to shut up and not worry about it.
So I had to ask myself, is this real or not? Many people said they would not want to survive a nuclear war and the end would be too quick to even notice. While that might be true for those in the immediate blast area, for others death would be a lot slower and more painful. The information on radiation poisoning was pretty scary to a little kid. Come to think of it, it's pretty scary as a grown adult. For those further out, death can be pretty painful and ugly. If if you survive the initial sickness your risk of cancer goes way up.
The incident in Hawaii shows that those duck and cover days are not over. Since the end of the cold war, they've been pushed to the back burner. However, thanks to our little tiff with N. Korea, it's all very real and possible once more.
You could look at the false alarm as just another screw up. Another way to think of it is as a test. How ready are we? I bet for a lot of Hawaiians, they thought they were not very ready at all. Scary days are here again.
I live in an area of NH known as the Great North Woods. I'm in my dome-i-cile out in the county with my lovely wife and a varying number of family and friends
-part red neck, part hippie but all country. Experimenting and enjoying the adventure of life.