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Nuclear Catastrophe in North Carolina

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Nuclear Catastrophe in North Carolina

“The radiation background in the desert of North Carolina does not exceed the norm and is still deadly for humans. Gangs of mutants - descendants of victims of a nuclear explosion - continue to rage in the slums of Washington and New York. "


Kind apocalyptic news could well be today's reality, if a nuclear catastrophe occurred, the reality of which the US authorities were silent for half a century. The famous American journalist Eric Schlosser, working on a book on nuclear weapons, was struck by how many times America, and behind it the whole world, was close to a nuclear catastrophe. Schlosser found in the archives evidence of hundreds of serious accidents and incidents related to the US nuclear weapons. And recently declassified documents indicate that in 1961, the United States was on the verge of probably the most real and grandest possible catastrophe.

According to the official stories, on the night of 23 on 24 in January 1961, the commander of the strategic nuclear bomber B-52G Stratofortress of the US Air Force, which performed a regular task of patrolling the East Coast, found a leak from the fuel tank. He was instructed to land at his airfield - the Air Force Base Seymour Johnson near Goldsboro. However, on the “home” road at an altitude of about 3 kilometers, the bomber entered its peak and began to collapse. Two crew members could not get out of the falling plane and died with him, another pilot crashed while landing with a parachute, five survived.

In addition, it was known that when the B-52 was destroyed, two Mark 39 hydrogen bombs dropped out of an airplane. One of them fell in a deserted marshland and went deep into the ground, the second descended by parachute. Both devices were safely neutralized, no one was hurt.

This is all information about the incident, which was known until Schlosser was discovered by a recently declassified report written 8 years after what had happened Parker Jones, senior engineer at Sandia National Laboratories, was in charge of nuclear weapons safety in those years.

It turns out that the bombs aboard the aircraft, each carrying a payload in 4 Megatons, behaved quite differently in the crash process. The first one really fell into the marsh, while the second one, in the process of descending, began to enter combat mode, preparing for the destruction of the “enemy target”.

After the parachute was opened at the hydrogen bomb, which is 260 times more powerful than the “Kid” dropped on Hiroshima, the nuclear explosion mechanism was activated. Mark 39 fell to demolish North Carolina and cover Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York and further to the northeast with a radioactive cloud. Destroy millions of Americans and for decades to turn into an uninhabitable desert most of the US East Coast.

The nuclear disaster, hundreds of times greater than Hiroshima and Nagasaki together, was avoided only by lucky chance. According to the investigation, of the four security mechanisms that prevent unwanted detonation and spontaneous bomb explosions, three have failed. Only the last safety device worked - it was he who turned off the power supply of the warhead, which saved America from an inevitable catastrophe.

Characteristically, despite this report, the US government has repeatedly publicly denied that its nuclear arsenal has ever threatened the lives of Americans. The United States authorities acknowledged that an incident involving hydrogen bombs occurred in the skies over North Carolina, but they never released information about how dangerous the situation was.

“The US government invariably hides information from the American people in order not to answer questions regarding our nuclear policy,” Schlosser said. - We continue to talk about one hundred percent guarantee that this weapon will ever accidentally work. But here's the real case when it almost happened. "

If this bomb had exploded ... It is not known how the American nuclear deterrence services would react in this situation. Three days before the incident, John Kennedy delivered his inaugural address as president of the United States. The cold war between the USSR and the USA was approaching its peak, remained only a year before the onset of the Caribbean crisis. With high probability we can assume that the destruction of hundreds of thousands of people and the transformation of part of the United States into an uninhabitable desert should be attributed to the attack of the Soviets. And what is the best way to "hide" the fact that this catastrophe is the result of its own mistakes, to strike back at the USSR.

Meanwhile, having miraculously escaped a nuclear catastrophe, the United States continued to increase its nuclear arsenals until the SALT-I treaty was signed in 1972. After that, the number of atomic warheads remains stable, however, experts are worried about another problem - the aging of the nuclear infrastructure. Over the past 40 years, the American nuclear arsenal has been worn out in order, and now a B-52 is not even needed for a monstrous disaster. The slightest malfunction of equipment that has served for more than a dozen years and ... the radiation background in the desert of North Carolina will be deadly to humans.
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  1. Echo
    Echo 6 February 2014 08: 41
    +26
    I once had a chance to chat with an elderly American, who at that time was just a member of the B-52 crew. And, what is most surprising to me - he said that his board was supposed to go along the route Tomsk - Taiga - Bolotnaya - Novosibirsk - Barabinsk ... over my native lands. He came to visit me, he really wanted to look at the places that he had been preparing for so many years to burn in a nuclear fire and how he could apologize to local people.
    Anyway, I once asked him - "What are they, these atomic bombs?" The answer of this elderly American was such that any Stephen King there would be angry out of fear: "They laugh, my friend. They laugh at us fools. I will hear their mocking laughter even after death."
    1. Siberia 9444
      Siberia 9444 6 February 2014 11: 44
      +2
      I have a sidekick in Pashino, and not one was fucked up!
      (from Novosibirsk 10km who does not know) But the most interesting thing is that our authorities want to transfer a flea market there (to Pashino) and there you yourself understand who is trading !!!! fool
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    3. Geisenberg
      Geisenberg 6 February 2014 13: 08
      +8
      Quote: Echo
      They laugh, my friend. They laugh at us fools. I will hear their mocking laughter even after death. "


      The severe uncle. Let everything be fine with him. You will see if you wish him a healthy sound sleep.
  2. Corsair5912
    Corsair5912 6 February 2014 09: 04
    +7
    Over the past 40 years, the U.S. nuclear arsenal has been worn out in order, and now the B-52 is no longer needed for a monstrous catastrophe. The slightest malfunction of equipment that has been in service for more than a dozen years and ... the radiation background in the North Carolina desert will become mortally dangerous to humans.

    The code for nuclear disasters in the United States is "broken arrow." Broken arrows of the Pentagon are common in the states.
    Drug addiction, drunkenness, homosexuality in the US Army and poor security of military bases, ideal conditions for terrorists if they want to get to nuclear arsenals.
    Hollywood loves to make false anti-Russian films about the abduction of nuclear warheads in the former USSR, although we have never had anything like it, and do not notice real stories under our noses.

    Containers with soil contaminated by crashed US atomic bombs. ! 966 r Spain, PalomaresContainers with soil contaminated by crashed US atomic bombs. ! 966 r Spain, Palomares

    http://waffen.ucoz.ru/news/poterjannye_atomnye_bomby/2013-05-10-6743
  3. dobrik10
    dobrik10 6 February 2014 09: 08
    +9
    Thank God, or providence, that at least one fuse has tripped.
    And maybe now I was not in this world ...
    Invented on your own head
    1. Greenwood
      Greenwood 6 February 2014 09: 21
      +6
      In fact, it’s good that nuclear weapons were invented. Otherwise, another major war would have erupted in the world 100%, if not more than one. There have been many lovers of this business over the past 50 years, but only the prospect of destroying the whole world and destroying all of humanity in general has cooled their ardor.
      1. Jager
        Jager 6 February 2014 18: 55
        +1
        Enough and many small ones. And humanity (with US representatives in the forefront) did not stop dancing on the nuclear button.
        I am horrified to think WHAT will happen if nuclear war becomes a reality. I am silent about the warheads themselves - these are flowers in comparison with the purposes for which they are intended. All of Europe fell asleep from the Chernobyl reactor. And here and nuclear power plants and chemical plants and storage facilities the devil knows what ...
        Survivors after the explosions will envy the dead, but they will not be jealous for long and very painful.
  4. Starshina wmf
    Starshina wmf 6 February 2014 09: 46
    +5
    blame on the USSR IT WOULD BE SOMEONE. THE WHOLE WORLD WOULD NOT EXIST. ONLY BANDERS WITH DAMS BEYOND RATS MUTANTS WILL RUN. OR VICE VERSA. bully
  5. dimarm74
    dimarm74 6 February 2014 10: 06
    +8
    It is time to raise the issue of taking American nuclear deterrence forces under international control.
    1. Greenwood
      Greenwood 6 February 2014 16: 22
      +1
      The UN and almost all international organizations are, in one way or another, the mouthpiece of US foreign policy, which, among other things, relies on 800 military bases, 11 AUGs and a military budget of 700 billion. Where are you going to pose questions, I don’t understand.
      1. dimarm74
        dimarm74 6 February 2014 18: 48
        0
        At least to voice it, and constantly repeat about it ... everywhere ... at all international gatherings .... how they constantly repeat about alleged violation of the rights of a pid ... owls.
        1. siberalt
          siberalt 6 February 2014 19: 38
          +1
          I remember at the height of the Caribbean crisis, our central newspaper Pravda was published for a week with the subtitle "The World on the Verge of Nuclear War." Anyone interested will find it in the library. But for some reason the people took it calmly. Later, many years later, the awareness of what was happening was activated. And how many of these "facets" were there in reality?
        2. siberalt
          siberalt 6 February 2014 19: 38
          +1
          I remember at the height of the Caribbean crisis, our central newspaper Pravda was published for a week with the subtitle "The World on the Verge of Nuclear War." Anyone interested will find it in the library. But for some reason the people took it calmly. Later, many years later, the awareness of what was happening was activated. And how many of these "facets" were there in reality?
  6. dimarm74
    dimarm74 6 February 2014 10: 09
    0
    And not only under international control, but also about the complete ban on having the United States nuclear weapons, both tactical and strategic. And to introduce under the auspices of the ONN an international contingent (preferably Russian) in order to take control of all weapons in the states. Our politicians really need to pose this problem in ON
    1. Greenwood
      Greenwood 6 February 2014 16: 19
      0
      Our politicians need to first take out their capital from abroad, the kids from London and part with the villas in Miami, and then you can talk about something.
      Quote: dimarm74
      And introduce under the auspices of ONN an international contingent (preferably Russian)
      Kindergarten, by God. How do you imagine this? Remind you of the size of the American economy, the scale of the American army, but at the same time in whose currency Russia keeps the reserve fund ?!
      1. dimarm74
        dimarm74 6 February 2014 18: 39
        0
        well, let me dream ... that you immediately so seriously
        1. Greenwood
          Greenwood 7 February 2014 06: 01
          +1
          Yes no, I'm not interfering. It's just that Russia is not the USSR, and we can no longer afford to dictate terms to the Americans. This is an objective reality.
          1. dimarm74
            dimarm74 7 February 2014 10: 05
            0
            laughing given to us in sensations
  7. Shick
    Shick 6 February 2014 10: 10
    +2
    I doubt that they would strike at the USSR. It’s kind of silly because of such an error to jeopardize the whole state.
    1. Letun
      Letun 6 February 2014 14: 55
      0
      Yes, here in the article everything is not so frailly exaggerated. Just one exploding bomb would destroy the US half, and the other half would be infected with radiation lol I remember a long time ago on TV I heard that when open nuclear tests were still being conducted in Nevada, tourists looked at nuclear mushrooms from the skyscrapers of Las Vegas. Of course, I don’t remember the distance to the landfill, but I think that it’s 60 kilometers
      1. Greenwood
        Greenwood 6 February 2014 16: 20
        +1
        In fact, about 30-40 km from an average nuclear explosion can be located without damage to health to observe it.
  8. datur
    datur 6 February 2014 10: 13
    +8
    and here recently the news slipped through - the United States requires at its disposal the entire stock of vigorous materials in Japan belay - in connection with the concern of the amers that they say there is a great danger of these materials falling into the wrong hands !!! wassat who would say, but not the Americans !!! No. am
    1. bomg.77
      bomg.77 6 February 2014 13: 31
      +3
      Quote: datur
      and here recently the news slipped through - the United States requires at its disposal the entire stock of vigorous materials in Japan
      they will soon run out of fuel for nuclear plants, (we sent the last batch this fall) and they want to breed the Japanese on the chaff, they don’t have their own fuel!
  9. spech
    spech 6 February 2014 10: 16
    +1
    bombs, each of which carried a payload of 4 megatons
    Damn, can you write in Russian?
    1. AVV
      AVV 6 February 2014 10: 40
      +1
      Quote: spech
      bombs, each of which carried a payload of 4 megatons
      Damn, can you write in Russian?

      The power of each bomb was equal to 4 megatons, which means in total the power is equal to 8 megatons !!! You can’t write anything easier !!!
      1. demon184
        demon184 6 February 2014 13: 21
        0
        8 megatons of TNT
        1. AlNikolaich
          AlNikolaich 6 February 2014 21: 22
          0
          Quote: demon184
          8 megatons of TNT

          It's like a TNT charge of eight million tons! Although, if one had exploded, the second would hardly have "detonated". Would rather burn out.
          PS When hitting Moscow with warheads in 1Мт, not only would the city be completely destroyed, but the metro would be completely destroyed the same! (Unfortunately, fans of Dmitry Glukhovsky!)
          I can’t find the link now, the material passed through the Ministry of Emergencies at the exercises.
    2. COBOK
      COBOK 6 February 2014 23: 27
      0
      8 kg of TNT or 000 TNT drafts ...
  10. Sadikoff
    Sadikoff 6 February 2014 10: 57
    +2
    But still, a full-blown atomic emergency with the United States should happen, for the bombing of Japan + the unsuitable project of Fukushima. Justice of the gods.
    1. Semurg
      Semurg 6 February 2014 11: 07
      0
      Quote: Sadykoff
      But still, a full-blown atomic emergency with the United States should happen, for the bombing of Japan + the unsuitable project of Fukushima. Justice of the gods.

      It is clear that US policy is not to be liked, but I think it is too harsh for them to want a nuclear explosion (mostly civilians will die).
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    3. Samuray
      Samuray 6 February 2014 13: 01
      +3
      Nobody is immune from mistakes! What do you think about the accidents that took place in the USSR? For example: a nuclear accident at the notorious Mayak radiochemical plant in Chelyabinsk-40. Also the justice of the gods?
      According to official data, on September 29, 1957, at the secret radiochemical plant "Mayak" as a result of insufficient cooling, a container exploded, where waste nuclear fuel was stored: strontium-90 and cesium-137. Almost the same thing happened in 1986 at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.

      The blast wave tore off and threw a concrete cover, two and a half meters thick, covering the container with nuclear waste by 30 meters. The force of the explosion was equal to 75 tons of explosives. The nuclear contamination zone was shaped like a "tongue" about 110 kilometers long and about three kilometers wide. At the time of the accident, there were almost three thousand people at the industrial site: two regiments of military builders and prisoners who were serving sentences at the construction site of the Mayak radiochemical plant. They were evacuated within 23 hours. Within ten days, more than ten thousand people were evicted from 200 villages that fell into the contaminated zone. In the first years after the accident, XNUMX people died as a result of radiation.
  11. engineer74
    engineer74 6 February 2014 11: 41
    +1
    performing a regular mission to patrol the East Coast,

    Is it him over the territory with the combat-ready 2X4Mt? Airborne Defense? laughing
    Weakly believe ...
    With a certain fantasy, it can be assumed that there was an attempt of unauthorized use in Washington, but the air defense was cut ... what
    1. Rus2012
      Rus2012 6 February 2014 11: 51
      +1
      Quote: engineer74
      Is it him over the territory with the combat-ready 2X4Mt? Airborne Defense?

      ... Nope. Most likely the database on internal routes is ready to go on combat ...

      Ours never rode in the air with nuclear weapons on board. In addition to the course of real tests of nuclear weapons and during exercises using ...
      1. engineer74
        engineer74 6 February 2014 12: 04
        0
        Maybe ... It’s only far from the probable goals from the database route.
  12. parus2nik
    parus2nik 6 February 2014 12: 11
    +1
    USA invented, experienced .. and will suffer
  13. JonnyT
    JonnyT 6 February 2014 15: 01
    +1
    In handling hazardous facilities, it is completely impossible to exclude emergencies! In principle, everything is fine, the protection worked, the explosion did not happen, which means that they are all right ..... (for the time being)

    The monkey found a grenade and began to saw it, the animals say to her: "Monkey, what are you doing! It's a grenade, it will explode !!!" To which the monkey replied: Nothing !!! I have one more! "
  14. Camouflet
    Camouflet 6 February 2014 17: 01
    +2
    Damn, I read the announcement, I thought - the truth.

    Disappointed ... sad
    I did not read further.
    1. surovyi kot
      surovyi kot 6 February 2014 17: 59
      +1
      crying And don’t say I was upset too!
  15. theadenter
    theadenter 6 February 2014 20: 35
    0
    According to the investigation, of the four safety mechanisms that prevent unwanted detonation and spontaneous bomb detonation, three were refused. Only the last fuse worked - it was he who turned off the power of the warhead, thereby saving America from an imminent disaster.

    Golden rule - there should be duplicate security systems. Only this saved them.