This site is intended for entertainment purposes only.

Frequently Asked Questions - (FAQ)


This site has some predictions about the effects of a hypothetical nuclear attack. The data we used are composed of guesses and averages, and mathematical models. We don't have access to any actual nuclear war plans, either from the US government or from governments hostile to the US. Some of the actual effects of a nuclear attack will certainly differ from our predictions: if the average winds are not prevailing at that time, if the attacker were to choose different targets, if they used different payloads, if they used dirty bombs. We're optimistic enough to believe that the current political climate doesn't make a full scale nuclear war at all likely, so we don't think it really matters.

What exactly happens in a nuclear explosion?

We're glad you asked. Our on staff physicist wrote up an easy to understand nuclear explosion explanation. It's probably too in depth for the FAQ, so check it out.

What do these results mean for you, the individual?

It's a simulation. We have no military background. This probably bears little to no resemblance to any attack that might come from a genuine enemy. EVEN IF an attack happened precisely as simulated here, we used mathematical models. Models always fall short of reality, since they can't take everything into account. This site is essentially a toy, to give some basic idea how, overall, an area might fare in a nuclear attack. Again, a real attack likely would have some differences--and again, we don't think anything like this simulation is likely to occur.

Is this some kind of a threat?

Absolutely not. This is a toy, a "what if" scenario. We are making no threats explicit, implicit, or otherwise. We here at ApocaLuck are all very fond of the Earth in its current non minimally nuked state. To paraphrase Bugs Bunny: "Blow up the Earth? You can't do that! All the people I know are on the Earth."

What should I do to prepare?

If you want to be more informed about the possibilities of nuclear war, and how to protect yourself from nuclear threats, here are a few links:

We really don't think you'll need them.

Where did we find out all this stuff?

See our Reading List. You can find information about nuclear explosions, about the effects of nuclear explosions, and about U.S. nuclear testing. It's fascinating, really.

How did we select the targets?

Again, this is for entertainment purposes only. This was a simulation of a potential fictional nuclear attack. Say, Atlantis rose out of the sea and decided to attack the US, or "Skynet" went live, or Zombie Khrushchev accidentally found and hit the Big Red Button. The targets are not necessarily the same targets that a military attack would select.

Suffice it to say, our targets are all in our (admittedly amateur) estimation potential targets in the event of a large nuclear attack. The targets all have military, political, or logistical significance. The particular targets are not terribly important.

Why don't we talk about the effects of EMP's here on Apocaluck?

A nuclear weapon only gives off a significant Electromagnetic Pulse (or EMP) if it is high in the air--in which case there is no fallout. All of the strikes we simulated are too close to the ground to mean much in the way of EMP effects. Anything that might be affected by an EMP in these explosions would be destroyed by the heat blast and shock wave.

Where did we get our data, like population numbers and maps?

Among our sources of simple background information, three were the most helpful. The maps are based on data from National Atlas. The city names, population numbers, and metro area definitions came from the U.S. Census Bureau. The historical wind data for the fallout model is from the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration. All three of these have been fantastic resources.

We left out [some bit of information].

Well, yeah. We glossed over a lot of details. We wanted to make this site accessible to everyone, not just people with Ph.D.'s in Nuclear Engineering. If you want an intricate model or mathematical specifics, go to our Reading List and visit our sources.