The only thing we have to help wrap our heads around the concept of a nuclear bomb are pictures of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. These are the only two inhabited locations on which nuclear bombs were dropped, and the devastation on those two cities was enormous.

What would that look like in your town if bombed? That is difficult to imagine, but thanks to Nuke Map, laying waste to a metropolis is as easy a few clicks. Usually, we would have to wait for a nuclear apocalypse to really find out, but thanks to Alex Wellerstein and his Nuclear Secrecy Blog, we can get an idea of what the affects of nuclear explosion would be in your hometown. Point your browser to his nuclear holocaust simulator called Nuke Map and find out.

Nuke Map Directions

The idea is simple, drag the marker to wherever you’d like to target, or select a preset city. Enter a yield, anywhere from 1 to 100,000 kilotons. Or you can pick from one of two dozen actual nuclear bombs. Click “Detonate,” sit back, and enjoy the devastation.

Horrific Results

Part video game, part science fair fodder, Nuke Map is a morbidly fun way to discover how devastating the world’s nuclear arsenal is. You can see what the 15-kiloton Hiroshima bomb can do to Hollywood, or see what destruction the Tsar Bomba (100 megatons) befalls some random sleepy town in Middle America. The program shows the radii of fireballs, radiation, and air blasts. It also estimates radioactive fallout zones, fatalities and injuries based on location. Sounds morbid but it is quite a fascinating exercise.

This article is from the summer 2018 issue of Survivor’s Edge Magazine. Grab your copy at

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