Neat visualization shows which country has the most nukes over history

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Neat visualization shows which country has the most nukes over history



This visualization by drwtsn breaks down the nuclear arms race starting from the 1940s until now. The countries shown are the countries who have historically had the most nuclear weapons: the US, Russia, the UK, France and China (a few other countries have nukes too but are not represented).

You can see the arms race explode in the 1960’s with the US taking an early lead and then hit into an even higher gear during the Cold War when the former USSR caught up and surpassed the US. I wished the visualization was able to show the specific number of nuclear warheads each country had throughout the years but we just have to eyeball it. For reference, the number stood at about 5,000 for Russia (down from 21,000 in 2000) and 4,000 for the US (down from 10,577) back in 2009. So there were a ton of warheads in the 80’s.

Stunning map visualization shows every nuclear detonation since 1945

The nuclear bomb, that devastatingly powerful world killer of a weapon, has been around for 70 years. The first nuclear bomb—Trinity—was detonated in a test in New Mexico in 1945, a month later the US Army dropped nukes on Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the world was never the same. Here’s an interesting visualization that shows every nuclear bomb that’s been detonated on our planet.

The color red means atmospheric, yellow is underwater and blue is underground. Put together by Orbital Mechanics, the visualization also details the date, location and strength of each nuclear detonation. It is haunting.

Watch an Underground Nuclear Explosion Melt the Ground into a Giant Crater

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Watch an Underground Nuclear Explosion Melt the Ground into a Giant Crater

Here is how subsidence craters are formed: an underground nuclear explosion gets set off and creates a hole underneath the ground. The ground collapses because nothing is supporting it anymore and then boom, giant crater. It is so gnarly to see because the ground looks like its melting into the core of the Earth.

The True Scale of Nuclear Bombs Is Totally Frightening

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The True Scale of Nuclear Bombs Is Totally Frightening

Nuclear weapons are already scary enough, but when you dig deeper and find out how powerful the weapons truly are, they get even more terrifying. The weapons we’ve built after the first atomic bombs are so strong that you can basically use Hiroshima as a unit of measurement. The largest nuclear explosion in human history, the Tsar Bomba, detonated with a force of 50 megatons or the power of 3,333 Hiroshimas.

The Russians had another bomb planned that would have been double the force of the Tsar Bomba at 100 megatons (and 6,666 times the force of Hiroshima) but luckily they never tested it. I mean, the Tsar Bomba was already as scarily powerful as it can get, since it almost destroyed the plane that dropped it and shattered windows as far as Norway and Finland. (The bomb was tested at Novaya Zemlya in Northern Russia).

Even something like the B83 bomb (which is the largest nuke in the US arsenal) explodes with a mushroom cloud taller than where commercial airlines fly. The true scale of nuclear weapons is really something, man. Learn more about it with this video by RealLifeLore, which also shows what kind of damage these nukes would do if they were dropped on New York City.