5 Close Calls: Petrov's Decision


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May 16, 2016
Farms, Caravans, and Oil Wells are producing 80% more resources for a limited time! Enjoy increasing boosts to your economy as the season goes on. There were five close calls between the United States and the U.S.S.R. that almost resulted in worldwide nuclear war. On September 26, 1983, the Soviet satellite monitoring base Serpukhov-15 received a signal that the United States had fired five missiles. Knowing that the new satellite systems were prone to false alarms, Lt. Colonel Stanislav Petrov reported it as such, figuring the U.S. would have launched hundreds of missiles if the attack had been real. It turned out that a satellite had misinterpreted reflections of sunlight near Montana as missiles. For his quick thinking, Petrov was later honored with several humanitarian awards. (Event lasts from 15:00 UTC 01/11 until 15:00 UTC 01/22.)


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