2014 holds many possibilities for the United States, among them are nuclear threats. Here are the top 5 nuclear threats for the new year that you need to be aware of.
5. North Korea
New Year Announcement from North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-Un has warned that the US would not be safe in the event of a conflict. “If the war breaks out again in this land, it would bring about a massive nuclear disaster and the US will never be safe,” Kim proclaimed in his New Year message that was broadcasted on state TV.
While the Obama Administration dismisses the severity of this issue by simply reassuring the American people that North Korea cannot deliver on its threats to the US mainland. They base this on intelligence that North Korea lacks the capability of long range missiles. North Korea begs to differ. Vice Marshal Ri Yong Ho, a senior military leader of North Korea claimed his country was armed with powerful modern weapons capable of defeating the United States ‘at a single blow‘.
Even if North Korea doesn’t possess long range missiles, there are other obvious ways to get the job done. North Korea could deliver a nuclear bomb inside of a freighter under a foreign flag to destroy an American port city such as LA or New York. Out of the 6 million cargo containers that enter American’s ports annually only 5 percent of incoming cargo is checked for nuclear threats. They could also give a bomb to a terrorist group such as Hezbollah or al Qaeda.
China has in the past enjoyed close diplomatic relations with North Korea. In the Korean War when American troops crossed the boundary and headed north toward the Yalu River, the Chinese started to worry about protecting themselves against what they called “armed aggression against Chinese territory.” Chinese leader Mao Zedong sent troops to North Korea and warned the United States to keep away from the Yalu boundary unless it wanted a full-scale war.
China has recently revealed its ability to nuke the US. The Chinese government has boasted about a new submarine fleet capable of launching warheads at cities across the nation. The new submarines are capable of launching 12 to 16 JL-2 missiles. JL-2 missiles have a range of about 8,700 miles that could hit almost the entire continental United States.
The world believes that Iran has not been honest about its nuclear program and is seeking to build a nuclear weapon. Iran has been sanctioned by world powers to reduce the activities required to build a nuclear weapon. Iran has reluctantly agreed to cease steps that could lead to a nuclear weapon. In return, the world powers have agreed to sanction relief. This includes allowing Iran to trade in gold, suspending sanction on its motor industry and permitting petrochemical exports.
The new president of Iran Hassan Rowhani has expressed interest in direct talks with the U.S. over its nuclear program. Iran is close to “critical capability according to The Economist. That is “the point at which it would make a dash to produce enough weapons-grade uranium for one or more bombs before… Western intelligence agencies would even know it had done so.”
Russia has also recently warned of nuclear response to the new U.S. global strike plan. Despite U.S. encouragement, Russian President Vladimir Putin has repeatedly shown he has no interesting in disarming. In addition to instable relations with Russia, there have been over 200 reported incidents involving unaccounted sources of ionizing radiation in 2010 and 2011! In 2011 a Russian serviceman was convicted of theft, attempted to sell cesium-137; in the same year, a youth was sentenced to prison for acquisition and storage of uranium. In 2008 a device containing strontium was stolen in Saratov; in the same year five men were convicted for stealing uranium from the Cheoetsk Plant. This type of nuclear material could easily be used to create a dirty bomb if it gets in the wrong hands.
1. Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant
Fukushima is the most real over looked crisis of today. Millions of tons of heavily contaminated water continues to flow through the site in Japan and straight into the Pacific Ocean. Even more contaminated water is stored in flimsy tanks that are breaking apart. Three melted cores at Fukushima have yet to have been found. The entire core of Unit Four remains perched in a damaged fuel pool 100 feet in the air, on top of a structure that’s sinking. When it crashes to the ground, the core could spew into the ocean and atmosphere and cause more than 20,000 times the radiation at Hiroshima.
For years, the country would not invite foreign experts to help with the Fukushima clean up due to national pride. They have been hiding what has really been going to save face. Recent investigations have showed that they are hiring the homeless for less than minimum wage to clean up the nuclear plant and surrounding area.
How to prepare for nuclear threats?
Well this is probably a new topic altogether, but your best protection to shield yourself is to seek shelter underground. A bunker is the best place underground shelter because they can be equipped with the other lifesaving tools you will need during a nuclear attack. Rising S Bunkers builds steel bunkers with nuclear threats in mind. These fallout shelters can be equipped with NBC air filtration systems to protect your air supply. They can also have blast valves that protect against extreme change of pressure caused by nearby detonation. These bunkers can even be equipped to provide protection against EMPs. A well-stocked bunker is a best first line defense against nuclear threats as well as helping you survive the aftermath such as civil unrest.
New Year’s Resolution Solution: Prepare better for the possibilities of nuclear threats.
To learn more about how to protect yourself from nuclear threats see this article.