The Terrifying True Scale of Nuclear Weapons

The Terrifying True Scale of Nuclear Weapons

Nuclear weapons have come a long way and come in all types of different sizes. Some are relatively small while others are enormous, so big they boggle the mind at what they can be capable of.

This video analyzes the sizes and impacts of various different nuclear devices, the history of nuclear weapons and what countries in the world are in possession of such devices.

Historical Footage Of All The Largest Nuclear Explosions In History

Historical Footage Of All The Largest Nuclear Explosions In History

The first hydrogen bomb was tested in 1952, delivering a blast many times more powerful than any weapon used in World War II. This sparked a worldwide arms race to develop the most deadly weapons known to man.

Check out the most awe-inducing explosions ever seen on this planet!

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How To Detect A Secret Nuclear Test

How To Detect A Secret Nuclear Test

How can we know that North Korea and Iran (to name a few) are exploding nuclear weapons if no inspectors have ever been granted access to suspected nuclear sites in these countries?

How can we passively detect a secret detonation of a nuclear warhead? What are the telltale signs of a nuclear detonation?

Watch MinutePhysics’s explanation of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) and how its International Monitoring System works.

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A Time-Lapse Map of Every Nuclear Explosion Since 1945 – by Isao Hashimoto

A Time-Lapse Map of Every Nuclear Explosion Since 1945 – by Isao Hashimoto


Japanese artist Isao Hashimoto has created a beautiful, undeniably scary time-lapse map of the 2053 nuclear explosions which have taken place between 1945 and 1998, beginning with the Manhattan Project’s “Trinity” test near Los Alamos and concluding with Pakistan’s nuclear tests in May of 1998. This leaves out North Korea’s two alleged nuclear tests in this past decade (the legitimacy of both of which is not 100% clear).

Each nation gets a blip and a flashing dot on the map whenever they detonate a nuclear weapon, with a running tally kept on the top and bottom bars of the screen. Hashimoto, who began the project in 2003, says that he created it with the goal of showing”the fear and folly of nuclear weapons.” It starts really slow — if you want to see real action, skip ahead to 1962 or so — but the buildup becomes overwhelming.

http://www.ctbto.org/specials/1945-1998-by-isao-hashimoto/

Multimedia artwork
“2053” – This is the number of nuclear explosions conducted in various parts of the globe.*
Profile of the artist: Isao HASHIMOTO
Born in Kumamoto prefecture, Japan in 1959.
Worked for 17 years in financial industry as a foreign exchange dealer. Studied at Department of Arts, Policy and Management of Musashino Art University, Tokyo.
Currently working for Lalique Museum, Hakone, Japan as a curator.
Created artwork series expressing, in the artist’s view, “the fear and the folly of nuclear weapons”:
“1945-1998” © 2003
“Overkilled”
“The Names of Experiments”
About “1945-1998” ©2003
“This piece of work is a bird’s eye view of the history by scaling down a month length of time into one second. No letter is used for equal messaging to all viewers without language barrier. The blinking light, sound and the numbers on the world map show when, where and how many experiments each country have conducted. I created this work for the means of an interface to the people who are yet to know of the extremely grave, but present problem of the world.”
Contact the artist:
Should you have any query regarding this artwork, please contact e-mail address below:
[email protected]
* The number excludes both tests by North Korea (October 2006 and May 2009).