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New guide on how long should people stay in a nuclear shelter

Published on Jan 15, 2014 8:23 AM

PARIS (AFP) - A scientist published a guide on Wednesday to help authorities limit deaths from fallout after a city is hit by a nuclear bomb.

Taking cover in existing buildings is widely accepted as a critical first action after a nuclear blast in a major city.

But how long people should stay there before moving to better shelter is a more complex question.

Buildings that are lightweight or lack a basement are more easily penetrated by radioactive dust.

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