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Asked by kodeman to DJ, Kyler, Mia, Mick, Peter on 26 Aug 2013.
Keywords: explosion, nuclear, protection, radiation, surive
Not a nuclear science specialist so do not take this as a definitive answer, but if you are far enough away that you are not physically blown apart, it may not take very much protection (a good solid wall might do it) to give you enough protection from the direct radiation to survive (likely to increase your chances of cancer, though).
Then you have to avoid breathing in radioactive dust and air.
Basically being far enough away would do the trick to survive the intial blast and radiation. Avoiding the radioactive fallout would be the next thing to do and again, distance can help with that, but fallout can affect much bigger areas than the blast.
Not if you’re nearby! I think the guys beat me to the answer on this one!
Those are pretty good answers so far. The main effects of the blast are the physical force of the explosion (which distance or some kind of barrier would help to stop) and the radiation (which is harder to protect against). There are ways to avoid some of the effects of the radiation, though — when the Japanese nuclear reactor melted down a few years ago, one of the preventive measures people took was to consume iodine. If you have a lot regular (non-radioactive) iodine in your body, it prevents your organs (specifically, your thyroid) from storing the dangerous radioactive iodine that can be released from nuclear reactors.
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