Time lapse map of every nuclear explosion ever on Earth

Time lapse map of every nuclear explosion ever on Earth

If you’re a visual learner, you’ll dig this time lapse map of every nuclear explosion around the globe from 1945-1998. Give it a sec and you’ll find that it really takes off. Watch as the flags appear around the top and bottom borders of the screen which indicate a new country coming on board with their nuke program. It will start with with the United States followed by Russia, United Kingdom, France, China, India, and lastly, Pakistan. Because this ends in 1998, it does leave out North Korea’s 2 “alleged” tests. If you leave the volume up, you’ll hear a high-pitched ticking which correlates with the monthly counter that is next to the near. See below for additional information.


“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.”


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