Courtesy of the City Desk blog from the Washington City Paper (think Metroland, Albany-area friends) I now know that I am hopelessly screwed in the event of a nuclear attack.
The map mashup uses the center of the Mall as the detonation point, leaving both my home and office in the possibly-survivable 2 psi “severe damage” ring, whereas DC’s more likely targets would leave me, well, pretty much toast. If the White House area were hit, my office would be solidly in the 15 psi “complete destruction of reinforced concrete structures” arena, while a hit to the Capitol would have my apartment right at the leading edge of the 5 psi “Complete destruction of ordinary houses” realm. And given that, structurally, my apartment is slightly less than normal, well…
All this is fine with me. I saw The Day After. I don’t want to live through that shit, no thank you.
(Sorry, Mom. I am sure this is probably upsetting to you. I don’t know why, but I just think it’s really funny — probably because it seems so damned unlikely.)