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A Time-Lapse Map of Every Nuclear Explosion Since 1945



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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An unsettling info-graphic of nuclear testing

It would be nice to know how these tests may have had deleterious consequences to human health and to the environment.

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

henry9's picture

Awh, just evolution taking course.


What a waste of 15 minutes

How many times have nuclear bombs been used in a war?


(And, yes, we are the bad guys.) But the bomb has been dropped psychologically on us virtually every day since then - including in the video above - for nefarious reasons (disarmament, world govt, etc.)

There are other horrible ways to die. And governments all over the world (including ours) have been using them for centuries. And they make the number of deaths and instant annihilation of the atomic bomb look like peanuts in comparison.

Rather than worrying about "undeniably scary" nuclear bombs, let's worry about getting the American govt back under the Constitution (if not completely abolished) and the millions of deaths caused by conventional weapons and American aggression and imperialism, not something that happened one time and not even in the lifetime of most people reading this.

No King but Jesus, no President but Ron Paul

We win!


WE do! Us!

We are the BIG WINNERS!

I win! You win! We are the champions!

USA is literally THA BOMB up in tha club, yo!

; )

What would the Founders do?

Strangely beautiful this song of death

Swan Song

Most of those who think so actually don't and most of those who think sew actually rip.

Excellent video. Well worth the time watching it.

Thanks so much for posting this important information.

ytc's picture

Beautiful visualization of the pre-1998 dash for acquiring the

Nuclear bombs. And NOW several of these countries are ganging up on Iran for "possibly wanting to develop a nuclear bomb"! How bizarre.