With the threat of nuclear war at a level we haven’t seen since the Cold War in the 1960s, many are wondering what areas in Washington State could be most affected by a nuclear strike from adversaries like Russia. Experts say, there are three likely targets on Putin’s war map.

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Arlington, Washington (Jim Creek)

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The Jim Creek Radio Station is the largest of its kind in the United States and sits on about 4700 acres of land in Arlington. What makes this target such a high-priority for Russia is that it is a massive radio station communication facility that allows the United States to communicate with its thousands of Navy ships, aircraft, and subs. If this facility is taken out, it will severely limit the United States’ abilities to communicate. Russian Television recently broadcast a report which included Jim Creek as a high-priority first strike target.

Puget Sound

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Bangor Submarine Base in Kitsap County, Washington is home to nearly one-third of the nation’s nuclear weapons with over 700 warheads. These warheads are used in a group of Trident Subs that rotate schedules patrolling the waters in the area and around the world. The Fort Lewis-McChord base is also located in the same general area, which makes Puget Sound a likely first strike target in an all-out nuclear war.

Southeast Washington

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The Hanford Site, which is famous for producing the plutonium for the bombs that ended World War II, has been a target since the beginning of the nuclear age. The Columbia Nuclear Generating Station is in the same area and adds to the reason why adversaries, like Russia, consider Hanford and the Tri-Cities area a target.

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It’s a scary world right now and the hope of everyone is that current conditions don’t escalate to a nuclear level.

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