Feds hold nuclear response drills on East Coast

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The Department of Homeland Security and FEMA are conducting nuclear response drills, known as Operation Gotham Shield, in northern New Jersey, according to Fox News.

The stated purpose is the preparation for a theoretical attack in the greater New York City area, with exercises included in assessing, evacuating, and treating potential victims.

A simulated scenario is being created wherein a 10,000-ton replicated nuclear device explodes at the New Jersey end of the Lincoln Tunnel.

MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, is serving as the hub of the response center during the multi-day drill. The stadium is located approximately 15 minutes outside of Manhattan.

Both New Jersey and New York emergency regulation organizations are taking part in the drills.

The training is one of multiple mock emergencies taking place along the northeastern corridor. Similar exercises are being conducted in Albany, New York, and Washington, D.C.

Federal authorities are affirming that the drills are not a response to any current event, to include rising threats from North Korea.

The scheduled events follow an exercise named Northern Lights which was conducted in Minnesota in October of last year.

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