The New York City region’s emergency agencies are practicing for a disaster. The city’s Office of Emergency Management ran a training exercise today that simulated a response to a 10-kiloton nuclear device exploding at 42nd Street and Seventh Avenue in Times Square.
According to the exercise, 100,000 people were instantly killed; a wave of overpressure took down buildings for a half-mile radius and did damage for up to two miles; and a radiation cloud swept over the region.
The drill’s scenario also included a shutdown of subway service and interruptions to cellphone service.
The city agency practiced rehearsing communications with the federal government and local law enforcement agencies in the Tri-State area.
“We would have to get that message to speak with one voice, with our partners in Connecticut, in Jersey, in the state of New York,” OEM Commissioner Joe Esposito said.
The agency also rehearsed how it would get word to the public during the crisis.
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