This is an excellent article. One of the many problems I had with Man Of Steel was not only the ridiculously over the top battle that went on forever at the end but the ridiculously high death toll that occurs. And we’re supposed to care about human life as much as Superman apparently does when the movie itself treats thousands of deaths of unknown people so casually. (But don’t worry – characters we’re very briefly introduced to survive. Oh, and a dog. So all is okay with the world…) 😉
The following is from this article: BuzzFeed – But click on it to read the entire thing. It’s a great article.
In a study done exclusively for BuzzFeed, scientist and longtime disaster expert Charles Watson worked with his team at Watson Technical Consulting to model and anticipate the damage done to Metropolis, both in the form of human casualties and monetary cost. They ran analyses of the World Engine ground zero in Central Manhattan and central Chicago, finding that the major damage would be a mile in diameter.
WTC estimates that, in the days after the attack, the known damage would already be stunning: 129,000 known killed, over 250,000 missing (most of whom would have also died), and nearly a million injured.
The impact, WTC writes, “seemed to be similar to an air burst from a 20kt nuclear explosion in terms of shock effects, but without the radiation or thermal effects.”
In terms of the strictly physical damage done to the city, the initial estimate is $700 billion. To put that in context, 9/11’s physical damage cost $55 billion, with a further economic impact of $123 billion.
Overall, WTC estimates that the damage would be $2 trillion.
They then deliver their report “in the form of an editorial written by The Daily Planet’s Perry White, who is played in Man of Steel by Laurence Fishburne.”
Fascinating. Seriously – check out the whole article… BuzzFeed