Talks about World War III have come up a little too often nowadays.
With the Russian newspaper Moskovsky Komsomolets anticipating recently a possible showdown between their Motherland and the West, the biggest battle since the Second World War may just be around the corner.
While it's easy to discuss the consequences or the impact of a nuclear holocaust, the difficulty lies in finding locations that provide individuals with the highest chances of survival. Astoundingly, a lot of people are seriously considering options on where to keep themselves safe.
Factors that become essential in selecting the list of places include its location, its nuclear capability and its geographic significance. Observers suggest a couple of faraway nations.
According to Quora writer Peter Baskerville, New Zealand is a prime spot since it is farthest from any form of military action. Having fertile lands and clean water makes this country habitable.
Perth in Australia comes in second. It will likely be out of harm's way since it is one of the most remote cities in the world. Considering that the nation down under is a non-nuclear entity, living within its territory keeps the population safe.
Coming in third is the French Polynesia. This chain of more than four hundred islands is situated along the wind and the ocean current paths which originate from Antarctica.
Brazil is also a safe destination due to an abundance of natural resources. Being parts of the relatively bare Southern Hemisphere keeps Chile and Argentina out of conflict range.
The worst place to be in when a nuclear war erupts is the west. Considering that some atomic-ready countries in Europe lie proximal to each other makes the situation perilous.
Analysts from Physics and Nuclear Arms Today point out that a 20-megaton hydrogen weapon with a 10-mile radius can knock out civilian structures and facilities in an instant. The bomb will explode 3.3 miles into the sky.
Death from explosions is not the only thing that will be of utmost concern. It is certain that radioactive fallout will claim a million more lives within a specific period of time.
It must be noted that 90 percent of the estimated 15,350 nuclear warheads across the globe belong to the two nations with the most military resources.