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Nuclear Detonation Map

By July 19, 2010

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Don't miss this time-lapse animated map of nearly every nuclear detonation since 1945. The map is profoundly shocking and disturbing as you watch detonation after detonation in "desolate" regions of North America, Asia, and the Pacific Ocean. While watching the video, I couldn't stop thinking about the environmental and economic price of those explosions. Thanks to Maggie Romuld on Twitter for the link!


July 25, 2010 at 1:50 am
(1) Don Hirschberg says:

What a remarkable animation!

Yet, what strikes me is that out of all those detonations only two (i.e. numbers two and three?) were intended to kill people, and did. These two bombs were intended to end World War II and they did. Few people today appreciate that the Japanese Army in 1945 was almost completely unscathed (unlike their decimated Air Force and Navy) and had never had to engage in a single large scale battle – unlike all other major WWII participants.

Lest we are tempted to rue the atomic bombing of Japan look at the situation. Invasion of Japan would have been far more difficult than the invasion of Europe if the Japanese had chosen to fight. The Japanese had been committing unspeakable atrocities for many years in China, Manchuria, Korea, and later in the Philippines and SE Asia. and their knew it – it was their policy. Was there a peep out of their highly educated citizens more literate than the US population?

July 26, 2010 at 1:47 am
(2) Doug says:

Interesting animated map. It does put things into perspective. However, I would point out that one cannot tell if the detonations were above ground or underground. I would think that there is a significant difference environmentally betweeen the two types of detonations. Unfortunately, this map is a bit misleading as some may believe that all detonations are above land.

July 27, 2010 at 11:08 am
(3) Prof. Joe says:

Well said, Don H. It doesn’t take much of a look at the place we were in the war by mid-summer 1945 to see the wisdom of President Truman. He had the means to end the war quickly and save the lives of perhaps an estimated one million or more Americans. Congress would have wisely impeached Truman by 1946 had he not chosen to use our war-ending weapons.

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