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Map shows how you would be affected by a nuclear bomb

The UNILAD Team

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Map shows how you would be affected by a nuclear bomb

Featured Image Credit: Nukemap/Wikipedia Commons

A rather macabre interactive map demonstrates how the area you live in would be impacted if a nuclear bomb were to hit it.

Nuclear war is as big a talking point these days as it ever has been.

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With Russia and Ukraine still at war, Russian President Vladimir Putin has made some not-so-veiled threats about nuclear weapon use.

As well as Putin, North Korean premier Kim Jong-un has also been carrying out tests, sparking fears that he and his country may be developing nuclear capabilities.

Add to that the recent success of Oppenheimer, Christopher Nolan's historical epic about the father of the atomic bomb, and you'll understand how hard it is to keep the thought of all-out nuclear war away from your mind.

While experts suggest not to be concerned about nuclear armageddon just yet, Nukemap has been created to keep the public informed on how they would be impacted should a strike hit their city.

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A new map shows what would happen if a nuclear bomb were to hit your home. Credit: Creative Commons
A new map shows what would happen if a nuclear bomb were to hit your home. Credit: Creative Commons

The brain behind the site is Alex Wellerstein, a historian of science who specialises in the history of nuclear weapons at the Stevens Institute of Technology.

All you have to do is head to the page where you'll see a variety of presets to choose from. First up, you put in your location, then you either enter a 'yield' or click one of the dropdown options to choose which bomb.

These range from the US's smallest nuclear bomb named the 'Davy Crockett' all the way through to the 'Tsar Bomba' – the most powerful nuclear bomb ever created and tested.

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This is what would happen if the 'Tsar Bomba' hit London. Credit: Nukemap
This is what would happen if the 'Tsar Bomba' hit London. Credit: Nukemap

There are also several advanced options for factors such as ionising radiation rings, fireball generation and mushroom cloud dimensions.

For example, if the 'Davy Crockett' were to hit London, it would result in an estimated 930 deaths and 1,000 injuries, with a fireball radius of approximately 17m.

But if the 'Tsar Bomba' hit the UK capital, it would result in an estimated 5,920,060 deaths and 6,052,200 injuries. The fireball radius would span approximately 6.1km.

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Dozens of people have been making use of the map since it was launched amid ongoing warnings of nuclear strikes.

Easing people's concerns on the matter, Matthew Bunn – a professor at the Harvard Kennedy School and former adviser to President Bill Clinton’s Office of Science and Technology Policy – previously told Vox 'there is virtually no chance nuclear weapons are going to be used in the Ukraine situation'.

Vladimir Putin previously threatened nuclear action on the west. Credit: Alamy
Vladimir Putin previously threatened nuclear action on the west. Credit: Alamy

As the Russian president ramped up the attack on Ukraine, Bunn later added: "No one outside of Putin’s inner circle knows for sure why Putin has taken this action.

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"My guess – and it’s only that – is that it is intended as further signalling to deter anyone in the West from even thinking about intervening militarily to help Ukraine."

If you would like to donate to the Red Cross Emergency Appeal, which will help provide food, medicines and basic medical supplies, shelter and water to those in Ukraine, click here for more information

Topics: News, Ukraine, Russia, World News

The UNILAD Team
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