In case of war.

Posted: March 6, 2011 in Numbers & Statistics, Random facts and WTFs

This 1980’s map shows the primary targets for Soviet nuclear missile attacks that were strategically planned in case of Nuclear war breakthrough.

The dark regions represent the areas of lethal radiation doses. All the targets were strategic military bases, the locations of which were known to Soviet intelligence services back in those days.

Hmm… turns out that, back in 1980’s, the safest places in United States were Oregon and Arizona.

Interestingly, Pentagon had a similar map with about 330 (!) targets on USSR territory, which included military airbases, naval bases, rocket launching sites (including Baikonur Cosmodrome) and some cities with large population.

That was 25 years ago. Nowadays, these maps are still present on both sides, carefully planned and updated every few years. This information is classified, of course.

Don’t forget that, even today, both USA and Russia have thousands of nuclear missiles in strategic reserves. More than enough to wipe out the entire Earth’s population just in a few hours.


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