(INTELLIHUB) — According to recently leaked U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) documents, a simulated nuclear attack exercise dubbed Operation Gotham Shield starts Monday, April 24, and will be running through Wednesday, April 26.
The exercise encompasses nine state and federal agencies that seek to “evaluate the ability of RAP 1 to coordinate with New York City, New Jersey, and New York State emergency response organizations” to better prepare and safeguard against domestic nuclear threats.
Voice of Reason reports: “[Operation Gotham Shield is] a major nuclear detonation drill in the New York-New Jersey area, along with the U.S.-Canadian border. During this exercise, 4 nuclear devices, 2 of which are rendered “safe” during the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) Vital Archer Exercise, and one successful 10kt detonation in the NYC/NJ area, along with one smaller detonation on the U.S./Canadian border are to take place.”
To get a better feel for what we are actually talking about here, if a 10 kiloton nuclear device were to be detonated in Manhattan’s Lincoln Tunnel, for instance, the estimated death toll from the immediate blast would be 13,400 people and over 72,000 more would be injured.
According to a 10 kiloton simulation of a ground-based nuclear explosion using NUKEMAP, we can clearly see just how devastating such a blast would be and how a projected 6 mph wind would carry the fallout.
Amazingly the NUKEMAP projections coincide with DoE projections which are labeled “Not For Public Dissemination.”
Interestingly enough, the 10 kiloton devices selected to be used in the exercise mimic the near size of a portable “suitcase nuke.”