During the Cold War in the 1950s and early 1960s, the
U.S. government conducted about one hundred nuclear weapons (atomic bomb)
the atmosphere at a test site in Nevada. The radioactive substances
released by these tests are known as "fallout." They were
carried thousands of miles away from the test site by winds. As a
result, people living in the United States at the time of the testing
were exposed to varying levels of radiation.
Among the numerous radioactive substances released in fallout, there
has been a great deal of concern about and study of one radioactive
form of iodine (called iodine-131, or I-131) which collects
in the thyroid gland. People exposed to I-131, especially during
childhood, may have an increased risk of thyroid disease, including
thyroid cancer. One particular personal radiation detector has the technology to detect both the beta and gamma radiation of I-131.
Radioactive Iodine (I-131) exposure from
Radioactive Iodine is a byproduct of nuclear fission processes in
nuclear reactors and nuclear weapons such as atomic bombs and suitcase bombs. You can protect yourself from
the effects of cancer-causing radioactive iodine with FDA Approved
ThyroShield™ Potassium Iodide (KI). A non-prescription drug, Potassium Iodide protects against radioactive iodine by preventing
by the thyroid gland located in the neck. The U.S. government
has a limited supply in case of a nuclear bomb detonation or nuclear reactor accident/attack, yet Potassium
Iodide must be taken during or before exposure to radioactive iodine
to be effective. You may order it
from this website today. View our Potassium Iodide page for more information including F.A.Q.s.
Exposure of American People to I-131 (Radioactive Iodine)
from Nevada Nuclear Bomb Tests in the 1950s and 1960s
In 1997, the public became aware of a Russian nuclear device they
had not known even existed--the "suitcase bomb". One of
these portable nuclear bombs had an explosive charge of one kiloton,
equivalent to one thousand tons of TNT. If a device like this made
its way to the U.S. it could destroy everything within a half-mile
radius of the Capitol in Washington, D.C. Within hours, prevailing
winds would carry the nuclear fallout throughout Washington. Radioactive
Iodine (I-131) would be carried downwind for miles. One particular personal radiation detector has the technology to detect both the beta and gamma radiation of I-131.
Another portable weapon is a "backpack" bomb. The Soviet
nuclear backpack system was made in the 1960s for use against NATO
targets in time of war and consists of three "coffee can-sized" aluminum
canisters in a bag. All three must be connected to make a single
unit in order to explode. The detonator is about 6 inches long. It
has a 3-to-5 kiloton yield, depending on the efficiency of the explosion.
It's kept powered during storage by a battery line connected to the
A "dirty bomb" is a conventional explosive,
such as dynamite, salted with radioactive waste that scatters when
the bomb goes off.
It is not a nuclear bomb. The bomb can kill or injure through the
initial blast of the conventional explosive and through
the dispersal of the radioactive materials-- hence the term "dirty." Such
bombs could be small devices or as big as a truck bomb. There are
four categories of radioactive waste ranging from very low-level
waste that can be safely disposed of with ordinary refuse, to high-level
waste such as spent nuclear fuel. Substantial amounts of radioactive
waste are generated through civilian and military applications of
radionuclides in medical facilities, food irradiation plants, chemical
and manufacturing plants, etc. Some types of radioactive waste would
be easier to obtain than others in order to make a "dirty bomb".
Radiation detectors are needed to alert officials of their presence. One particular personal radiation detector has the technology to detect Gamma, X-ray and Beta radiation. This includes the ability to detect radioactive iodine, of which Potassium Iodide protects against and would most likely not be present in a dirty bomb due to the fact that it is a byproduct of nuclear fission which takes place only within nuclear reactors and during the detonation of a nuclear bomb. Obviously this type
of 'radioactive waste' would be very difficult to obtain and incorporate
in the makings of a dirty bomb. If a dirty bomb detonates in your
area, follow the instructions of local health officials concerning
evacuation, decontamination and the administering of potassium iodide
(though unlikely). Nukepills.com offers the Dirty Bomb Emergency Kit™ for detection and decontamination of radiation likely found in a dirty bomb.
Federal Government statements on Dirty Bomb radiation
Beta and Gamma Radiation: "...cesium-137 is of particular concern because it is a potential component of a conventional explosive device (a “dirty bomb”) containing radioactive material." - FDA "Dirty Bomb" treatment document
Beta Radiation: "...the Bush administration's consensus view was that Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda terrorist network probably had such often-stolen radioactive contaminants as strontium 90 [Beta radiation] and cesium 137 [Gamma radiation], which could be used to make a dirty bomb." - Terrorism Q&A, Council on Foreign Relations
An electromagnetic pulse EMP is a byproduct of detonating an atomic bomb above the Earth’s atmosphere. When a nuclear weapon is detonated in space, the gamma rays emitted trigger a massive electrical disturbance in the upper atmosphere. Moving at the speed of light, this overload will short out all electrical equipment, power grids and delicate electronics on the Earth’s surface. In fact, it would take only one to three weapons exploding above the continental United States to wipe out our entire grid and transportation network. It might take years to recover from, if ever.
RADTriage™ Radiation Detector is impervious to an EMP bomb The RADTriage™ Radiation Detector will continue to work
after an EMP bomb detonation
because it has no electronics.