by Jay Syrmopoulos, The Free Thought Project:
Within the last few weeks, China has begun educating citizens on how to act during a full-on nuclear war and is preparing for a mass influx of refugees from the Korean peninsula.
Beijing, China – Revealing the extreme direness of the situation on the Korean Peninsula, a state-run Chinese media outlet based in a province bordering North Korea and Russia — the Jilin Daily — published a “common sense” guide for surviving a nuclear war, according to Reuters.
Although the full-page article of guidelines doesn’t specifically mention North Korea, the warning was clearly a result of the increasing tensions between a nuclear-armed DPRK, and the United States.
The influential Chinese state-run Global Times described the article as a public service announcement due to the situation on the Korean peninsula.
“If war breaks out, it is not possible to rule out the Korean peninsula producing nuclear contaminants, and countermeasures must be seriously researched and spoken openly about to let the common folk know. But at the same time, there is absolutely no reason to be alarmed,” the Global Times said.
Tensions with the U.S. have increased dramatically since North Korea conducted its sixth nuclear test in September. Just weeks ago, the DPRK launched a Hwasong-15 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), which demonstrated a theoretical capability to conduct a nuclear strike anywhere across the whole of the U.S. mainland.
Citizens in Jilin have reported feeling tremors when the North tested a nuclear device, according to The Daily Caller.
“It’s natural that Jilin province is more sensitive to the situation on the Korean peninsula, given its special geographic location. It’s necessary for the provincial paper to publish information on nuclear weapons,”the Global Times wrote in a Chinese-language editorial.
China’s Communist Party run newspaper #JilinDaily uses a whole page Wednesday to tell people how to survive a #nuclear war. Jilin is close to China’s border with #NorthKorea #DPRK pic.twitter.com/gW8tAKzU23
— Henry Yin (@HenryYinCNA) December 6, 2017
The published guidelines note that nuclear weapons utilize five means of causing destruction: light radiation, blast waves, early-stage nuclear radiation, nuclear electromagnetic pulses, and radioactive pollution. The article goes on to explain that the first four kill instantaneously.
The Jilin Daily encouraged people caught outside when the bomb goes off to dive into a ditch, river, or lake and cover any exposed skin.
According to a report by Reuters, the Jilin Daily guidelines noted that:
People who find themselves outside during a nuclear attack should try to lie in a ditch, cover exposed skin in light colored clothing or dive into a river or lake to try and minimize the possibility of instantaneous death, it said.
Cartoon illustrations of ways to dispel radioactive contamination were also provided, such as using water to wash off shoes and using cotton buds to clean ears, as well as a picture of a vomiting child to show how medical help can be sought to speed the expulsion of radiation through stomach pumping and induced urination.
For those who can get to shelter, the paper urges people to close their doors and windows and seek cover under beds and tables, according to the Daily Caller.
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