This article tells about signal "Atom" and its intended effect on Moscow metro:
All trains stop, escalators automatically start move downwards.
After 15 min, all hermetic gates on metro entrances and in tunnels automatically start to close. They are impossible to stop or disable. The gates are really huge and weighing tens of tons.
In case people block the automatic doors, the police can fire on the blocking people.
Electric substations switch to autonomous generators
The air is starting to be cleaned. The gates between stations open when the air inside is clean.
Toilets, food and tools stores get automatically unlocked.
Groups of scouts-dosimetrists are formed, which start to make scouting excursions to the surface using special suits via airlocks with showers.
Airlock with shower
- Exit to the surface is permitted only if air defense stopped any missiles reaching ground, otherwise the people are supposed to remain underground forever.
This list of anti-radiation measures seems to be really a huge overshoot.
The radiation from the bombings seems to be much less than that from any nuclear plant disaster and usually goes away in hours after bombings (at least for the purpose of walking outside). The effect on soil will be more protracted, but the soil can be replaced in normal restoration wokflow.
I do not see any reason for:
- Huge, multi-ton hermetic gates
- Firing on people who slow down the gates closing
- Keeping people underground for days
Anyway, any possible casualties from radiation seem to be tiny compared to the casualties from the bombings themselves.
Can anyone please clarify, whether I am right that this radiation-scare was (is) an overshoot?