July 25th, 2007

Nuclear explosions, spread and life of radiation.

Setting: About ten years in the future. East and west coasts of the US.

I'm writing a story in which at least two nuclear explosions happen on both the east and west coast of the United States. What I need to know is how far will the radiation spread inland and how long will it take it to fade? I know the answer to the last question depends on the weather but any estimation would be helpful.
I've attempted to Google for this but I'm having a hard time coming up with good search words and putting what I do find into plain English.

Thank you in advance!
ETA: Sorry, two nuclear bombs on each coast. I want them as big as they come and positioned to do as much damage as possible.
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Actual burial time

Okay, so it's right after the funeral, and my character's watching his boyfriend get lowered into the ground. Now, my question is, how long is this going to take, in actuality? I'm talking lowering, filling the grave up with dirt, whole thing.

Also, do most funerals lower the coffin in during or after the funeral? I can honestly say I've only attended one funeral in my life (knock on wood) and we left before they lowered the casket. There was also a big metal device they used, I think.

Of course, this took place in Georgia, not England, which is where I think my story's set.

(Search-terms, even, would be helpful- it's 4 am and I'm not quite sure where to go.)

Lastly, does the lowering of the coffin thing vary by religion, and would they even do all of this right afterwards?

Edit: Oh, I think I'm supposed to mention this- I googled coffin lowering+time, coffin burial+time, and burial+time.
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Iconic Male Authors

I'm trying to think of a list of male authors who are legendary for being not only great writers, but also Men, in the womanizing, no-nonsense, rough-and-tumble boozers sense of the word. I need people who everyone will immediately recognize as a kind of rough-around-the-edges icon for male writers. Guys like Hemingway and Bukowski, for instance. Any help will be greatly appreciated.

EDIT:

The womanizing thing is far from the most important thing in my description. My character is looking for tough guy authors to emulate.
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