What If? A Nuclear Attack on Kuala Lumpur

Among the many, many (emphasis on the word many) digressions mankind has directed towards its own brothers and sisters, the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan at the height of the conclusion of World War II is one of the darkest moments of humanity’s history.

But to really hit home how devastating nuclear weapons really is, you’ll have to really take a look at how it’s going to affect us closer to home. 

What If A Nuclear Bomb Drops On Kuala Lumpur Today?

Let’s put it this way.

You’re having a normal day in Kuala Lumpur, pedestrians and the general public are simply living their lives. The markets and shopping malls KL has come to be known for are busy as bees. The restaurants, packed with hungry patrons and students studying hard, as well as office workers out and about commuting their way through rush hour. 

In an instant, a nuclear bomb is set off in the centre of the city.

Less than a second later, a ball of hot plasma more intense than the sun grows to a size of two kilometres in diameter. Anything within this affected area is instantly disintegrated like water into vapour as an intense light envelops the entire city. The light is so bright and extremely hot that it’s able to temporarily blind anyone who looks at it and everything within a 13-kilometre radius of the blast centre will burn.

The blast is then followed closely by a powerful shockwave which propagates throughout the capital at a speed faster than sound and stronger than a typhoon. Anything caught in this sphere of destruction is quickly flattened without prejudice. Anything without steel-reinforced concrete will be levelled immediately and condos, hotels, offices, and malls will collapse due to the shockwave.

Petrol stations will go up in flames which will further cause fires throughout the city as the infamous mushroom cloud looms over the ruins of KL. 

And distant will not provide safety either. The shockwave from a nuclear blast may travel up to 21 kilometres away so someone in say, Puchong may not be entirely safe from the initial blast either.

But the worst has yet to come. 

After the initial destruction, radiation poisoning will affect survivors who are unable to protect themselves, possibly killing them days later, while those who manage to escape are at risk of contracting cancer down the line.

Indeed, a nuclear attack is the only way to ensure mutual destruction. No matter how well prepared authorities are for natural disasters, there’s really only so much that they can do to prepare for the fallout from a nuclear detonation.

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