How to survive a nuclear fallout: Experts reveal the basics of living in a world riddled with radiation and the simple way to tell if you’ve been exposed
In Fallout 4, the only surviving members of the human race are in vaults
American Chemical Society tests challenges of living in such a shelter
Video explains how to produce power, water, and food in a real fallout
Separate research reveals the simple trick to tell if you’re in the radiation zone and where to flee to if you don’t have a nuclear bunker.
Set in a post-nuclear apocalyptic world, Fallout 4 is one of the biggest and most hotly-anticipated games of the year.
But could humans really survive a nuclear fallout and live for decades in shelters?
Experts from the American Chemical Society have released a video explaining the basics of survival in a world riddled with radiation – and it is even harder than fiction would have us believe.
The plot of the game, released earlier this week, centres around a devastating nuclear war with the only surviving members of the human race being those who retreated to a shelter – or vaults.
The video explains that in order to protect themselves, people need to be exposed to the alpha particles, beta particles and gamma rays from the ionising radiation for the least amount of time possible.
In particular, the key to survival is three-fold – time, distance, and shelter.
This means people would need to be as far away as possible from the nuclear blast, with the most shielding possible.
Dr Raychelle Burks, a chemistry expert, explained: ‘Since digging 200ft underground isn’t going to work everywhere what can we do to protect ourselves from the fallout.