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Ten years after the Doomsday tragedy the Earth is recovering in some ways, but still getting worse in others. The radiation from the H-bombs themselves has lessened, but because many of the nuclear reactors had been targeted they had gone into meltdown mode, and had continued to spew radioactive pollution into the atmosphere at a prodigious rate. This hadn’t been noticed in the first year because no one had gone to the Northern Hemisphere, but when they did they found these monsters. Even in the past with a fully functioning country like the USSR the problem of coping with the Chernobyl disaster had been almost impossible, and that reactor hadn’t even gone into a full meltdown phase. With these bombed reactors the problems were much worse. Below is a map showing the location of many of the current reactors of the world. Most are in the US and Europe, but as you can see there are quite a few others. In this Doomsday scenario all of the reactors are destroyed even those few in the Southern Hemisphere.

Map of the atomic reactors of the world

IPPNW: Nuclear Reactors worldwide map

Fallout in US
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A visit with our Doomsday victims ten years after the event shows very different results in their outcomes resultant from their pre-event choices of where to live.

Person number one who chose to live on a target was now a sedimentary layer scattered throughout the world which would be visible as a line, in some places, for billions of years. —

The second person, and his family who lived in a suburb, and had survived for almost a month are now skeletons which are partially buried with the dirt washed into their basement survival shelter by repeated rains over the years. —

The third person and his family perished from disease after several months of struggle with a cascading barrage of problems, and because they were in a community that died off rather slowly the whole family was buried in the local cemetery. It was thought that some people may have survived from this community, because one person left a message in a jar on the mayor’s desk stating that he and his family had fled in a sailboat down the local river and were headed out to sea, and were headed south. —

The fourth person was well south of the equator to begin with, and hadn’t been seriously affected by the Doomsday problems for a couple of months, but then things got worse, and kept getting worse, and yet again worse. At first it was just worrisome reports but then came the hazy dark skies, and a dim sun, and then the crops didn’t grow very well, and weren’t productive when they did grow. After a couple of months it became very difficult to find enough to eat. People had noticed that even from the first month most wild plant life was withering, and the wild animals were rarely seen. Sometimes, there were rapid expansions of insect species such as ants or roaches which were everywhere then in a few days they would vanish, and be replaced by something else. But, always there was something which seemed to make things a little more difficult, and which killed some people. Everyone got skinny from lack of decent food, and then the diseases came on constantly, and everyone seemed to have something nasty. Because, the people were so undernourished a lot of them died, because they couldn’t forage for food, and fight off the sickness at the same time, they were just too weak. It wasn’t that things everywhere became impossible it was just that everything was difficult, and so miserable that most people just couldn’t cope with all of the unusual problems at the same time, and just expired from weakness, and disease. —

The fifth person was part of a Lifehaven community, and everyone there had survived without much trouble. They had been essentially going to school every day for the entire time learning all sorts of practical trade skills from recordings, and manuals which they would need to know when they went back out into the world with their small supply of seeds which were thought to be appropriate for the places which they were to go. It was all very stressful, but in an exhilarating way, because they all knew they were doing something which was very important. The big question was just how soon they should return to various places on the planet. Should it be soon to try, and save as many of the outsiders as possible, or should they wait until the earth had stabilized, and the diseases had run their course, and vanished? If they went out too soon they themselves would become victims, and part of the problem rather than part of the recovery. — +++

After ten years most of the disaster had run its course, but the world was a vastly different place than it had been. Some estimates were that 99% of the species had been exterminated in the Northern Hemisphere, and others estimated that perhaps as much as 50 percent had vanished in the Southern Hemisphere. It would be many years before an accurate count could be made. And, what did it matter what the count was? What mattered was that they were gone! It was no longer a cute theory that mankind was dangerous for planet Earth it was an ugly proven fact. Humans had wreaked the worst extinction ever visited upon the Earth!