Would We Survive a Nuke? There’s A Google Map for That!
A while back, I pondered how we, as the Quincy/Hannibal/Keokuk area, would survive a zombie apocalypse, or "Zompocalypse" as pretty much only I call it. But to test our survivability in a more plausible world ending scenario, the site "Would I Survive A Nuke" has a Google map to show how we'd fare should Russia, the UK, France, China, India, Pakistan, North Korea or Israel develop itchy trigger fingers.
When you visit Would I Survive A Nuke, you can start by adjusting the parameters. Population centers from 100K to over one million, how many nearby cities could affect us, and size of the bomb. The nearest major metro areas are of course St. Louis, Kansas City, Des Moines and Chicago. The more you adjust the population settings, the more those cities change. Ramping it all the way to over a million ditches Des Moines and KC, but nabs Dallas & Detroit. Then you can adjust the size of the bomb from 18 kilotons, the size of the bomb dropped on Nagasaki in 1945, all the way up to 50 megatons. If you just want to destroy the world, they even have an option for Dinosaur Ending Meteor, which no one survives. We're all doomed at that point.
Even if there are multiple hits on surrounding major metro areas, our fair burgs are far enough out of the way that we wouldn't be immediately affected by the blasts. The long term affects would remain to be seen, but it would probably be similar to that show Jericho from about a decade ago with Skeet Ulrich and Major Dad.