The possibility of a nuclear attack is terrifying and it's a topic that nobody wants to think about. However, understanding potential targets can lead to better preparation and emergency response planning.

What If North Carolina Got Nuked?

If North Carolina were ever targeted, these 4 cities are considered to be a high priority due to economic importance.

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Possible North Carolina Targets

Again this is an extreme situation and should not be something we stress over our entire life. This is for informational purposes only.

All 4 of these cities have which makes them a target for nuclear war.

Huntersville NC
Huntersville NC
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McGuire Nuclear Station Location: Huntersville, NC (17 miles N of Charlotte, NC) This plant can generate 2,220 megawatts of electricity, making it the third-largest electricity generation facility in North Carolina. It is owned by Duke Energy.

New Hill, NC
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Harris Nuclear StationLocation: New Hill, NC (20 miles SW of Raleigh, NC) This power plant, operated by Duke Energy, generates around 900 megawatts of power and is recognized as one of the most efficient nuclear power plants in the U.S.

Southport, NC
Southport, NC
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Brunswick Nuclear StationLocation: Southport, NC (30 miles S of Wilmington, NC) This power plant has two units, which together generate over 1,800 megawatts of electricity.

York, SC
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Catawba Nuclear Station - Location: York, SC (18 miles S of Charlotte, NC) Althought his city is in South Carolina, it is only 18 miles south of Charlotte, which make it close enough to take out parts of North Carolina. This power plant operated by Duke Energy Corporation features two pressurized water reactors that generate a combined output of approximately 2,300 megawatts of electric power, which is enough to power about 1.8 million homes.

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Nuclear Power in North Carolina (FEMA-196/September 1990)
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Remember, this is purely hypothetical and not meant to cause alarm or panic. Rather, it underscores the importance of being prepared and having a plan in case of emergencies. North Carolina is home to various important military, economic, and technological resources, making certain areas high-priority targets in a worst-case scenario. Government and public service organizations need to have strategies in place for such an eventuality.

Nuclear Weapon Target Map for North Carolina (FEMA-196/September 1990)
Nuclear Weapon Target Map for North Carolina (FEMA-196/September 1990)
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You can see a full list of every state in America here.

What Would Happen If A Nuclear Plant Got Nuked?

If a nuclear power plant was directly hit by a nuclear weapon, the outcome would be disastrous. There would likely be an immediate meltdown of the plant’s reactor core due to the immense heat produced by the nuclear blast, releasing a massive amount of radioactive materials. The initial blast would instantly kill those in the immediate vicinity, while the subsequent radiation would affect a far larger area, leading to long-term health risks and death. Depending on wind patterns, the radiation could spread over hundreds, possibly thousands of miles. Moreover, it could result in a prolonged environmental disaster, with the contamination of water supplies, soil, and air, thereby affecting both plant and animal life. The recovery from such an event would take many decades if not centuries, and in some areas, recovery might be impossible.

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