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Yesterday’s blog was a brief sketch about how various folks would encounter Doomsday. It was set in several different locations with typically informed people being unexpectedly confronted with this new life-changing event. There was very little difference in what each of them was doing at the time, and the only real difference was their location, but a week later each of their outcomes would be quite different.

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United States H-bomb Target map

The first person was at the computer which was so close to an H-bomb blast that the experience of Doomsday lasted only a few seconds before oblivion ensued. So for this person the most we could say about their experience a week later is that they were just radioactive dust floating around in the Earth’s atmosphere. —

The second person was at some distance away in the remote suburbs of a targeted city where even the secondary bomb hits on the target didn’t quite destroy his home, but it is a shambles now, and there are still fires raging around the local area. A lot of horribly injured people have been streaming out of the closer-in areas, but it is now slowing to a trickle. Everyone tried to help the first people they saw, but soon there were literally thousands passing by and what could you do? A lot of them were not only horribly injured but were very sick, and couldn’t keep anything down. Even some people that weren’t injured at all were retching and trying to vomit constantly. Nasty stuff. It reminds the movie buffs of The Night of the Living Dead only it seemed much worse, because of the vomit, and smelly burns. There has been a dark overcast much  of the time, and a lot of crunchy dust on the ground. —

The third person was in a small farming town a long way from any city, but everyone knew about the bombs falling within minutes, because of all of the commotion locally, and soon everyone had gone outside, and watched the glowing fireworks in the distant sky. After a couple of hours even that got boring, and people started trying to figure out what to do. That first day was chaotic, and some people just went to work, and wondered if their children should be dropped off at school or should stay home. So they just listened to the emergency broadcasts which might seem to be giving reasonable information, but it didn’t seem to apply to their problems very well so they were still very confused. What did lay up three days of food, and water mean? Make sure you have extra batteries for your flashlight.? This was obviously a lot worse than a storm or flood, so what should be done? It appeared that essentially all major cities north of the equator were in desperate condition. Many of them hadn’t been targeted, but it didn’t seem to make much difference now because they all were now under heavy radioactive fallout, and basic services, like electricity, had totally stopped. Those people who didn’t have drinking water stored were forced to search for it, and that was very dangerous because outdoors there were fights over a few quarts of water. Some people were searching for food but at this point it wasn’t desperate like the quest for water. —

The fourth person lived south of the equator in a small town, and although the internet had gone down for a while it was usually, up and so good information was available, and the reports were that the Northern hemisphere was covered with a radioactive cloud. There were reports of a few bombs still going off but most of them were reported to have been in the first day or two. It had been difficult to count them because the explosions lasted nearly thirty seconds, and so the glow from distant ones seemed to merge into a long continuous glow. Reports seemed to indicate that of the 30,000 bombs available perhaps 5,000 had been exploded. No one has the slightest idea of what has happened to the others. There were several bombs exploded in the Southern Hemisphere, but the fallout has been over the ocean, and so far hasn’t been a serious problem away from the target areas. It may get worse, but at the moment things are just starting to get a bit hazy. People have been going about their daily lives, but are very concerned, and some are laying up supplies in fear of a breakdown of food distribution. —

The fifth person was in a Lifehaven somewhere well south of the equator when the Doomsday event arrived. A rush of fear, and mild panic had gone through the community that first day, and then the grief for the Doomsday disaster set in and a week later everyone was still feeling horrible about their loved ones back home who were by now either dead, or suffering horribly and dying. There had been only sporadic communication with the north, and no one had gotten through to any particular person this day. In the first hour there had been some communications get through because everyone had been in frequent contact, and could make contact and leave a message in a few seconds. But, now that wasn’t happening, so everyone was denying that the worst had happened. So far as the technical operation of the Lifehaven it had operated normally, and because they were so very far from other populated areas only the supply ship was expected in the next week, but after that there would probably be nothing. They would be on their own for a very long time! But, they had prepared for that, and so they were still confident of their personal survival, but miserable. —

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