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The Nuclear Explosion Simulator

Have you ever wondered about the effects of a nuclear bomb going off in your city? Of course you have, unless you were born after the end of the Cold War. And even if you were, you may have thought about it at one time or another. A new simulator from the Outrider Foundation lets you pull up a map by city name or ZIP code, select a bomb, and it shows you how far the fireball, radiation, shock wave, and heat would reach, and how many people would be killed. There are four bombs: the 15-kiloton Little Boy from World War II, the 150-kiloton North Korean Hwasong-14, the 300-kiloton W-87 from the US military, and the 50,000-kiloton Tsar Bomba. You can even specify whether the bomb detonates on the surface or in the air. Dropping Little Boy over my town would kill everyone in the city limits. The image above shows the effects of Tsar Bomba on New York City.  -via Digg


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