What would happen if a nuclear bomb hit Edmonton?

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A 1000 Megaton would kill 878,000 people in and around Edmonton if one fell according to Nuclear Secrecy.

It’s very rare that the USSR would send a 1000 Megaton bomb to Canada, they are the only ones that one, in today’s age even if world war three broke out, it would still be rare to see a 1000 megaton bomb being launched.

But how would it affect the area? Here’s some stats:

Radiation radius (500 rem): 6.99 km (153 km²)

500 rem radiation dose; without medical treatment, there can be expected between 50% and 90% mortality from acute effects alone. Dying takes between several hours and several weeks.

Fireball radius: 7.92 km (197 km²)

Maximum size of the nuclear fireball; relevance to lived effects depends on height of detonation. If it touches the ground, the amount of radioactive fallout is significantly increased.

Air blast radius (20 psi): 10.1 km (321 km²)

At 20 psi overpressure, heavily built concrete buildings are severely damaged or demolished; fatalities approach 100%. Often used as a standard benchmark for heavy damage in cities.

Air blast radius (5 psi): 21.2 km (1,420 km²)

At 5 psi overpressure, most residential buildings collapse, injuries are universal, fatalities are widespread. Often used as a standard benchmark for medium damage in cities.

Read the full stats here.