What's the Fallout if North Korea Nukes Hawaii?

North Korea's aiming their test missile near Hawaii. The US military says they can protect the islands, and locals aren't too worried, but if something happens, the thermal, shockwave and radioactive fallout will look something like this.

The Carlos Labs Google Maps Mash up, which we've featured before, has been now updated with a simulation for 6 kiloton Korean weapons. Let's hope we never have to fact check its accuracy, or we'll have to kick Kim Jong Il's Ass. [Carloslabs]

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The red is a thermal radius.

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The purple is the pressure wave.

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The green is the fallout, as affected by the wind.

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danegonsalves
Dane Gonsalves

OH NOES! I LIVE IN THE BLAST AREA!

But honestly, don't you think they'd bomb Pearl Harbor, Hickam AFB, or Scholfield Barracks instead? I mean sure it'd make sense to do away with Honolulu in a subsequent rocket launch. However, strategically speaking, I'm sure a strike to the US Pacific Command would be much more crippling to the US than by taking out a bunch of Asians, yuppies, and Micronesians from Moʻiliʻili. They probably don't have the capability or warheads to go foolhardily bombing the PUC of Oʻahu.