Atomic Hangovers

Every Nuke Test In The World

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On July 16, 1945 in the New Mexico desert the world was introduced to a new kind of weapon. One that caused J. Robert Oppenheimer to quote the Bhagavad Gita and say, “Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.” It was both a triumphal test — the culmination of years of work by thousands of people — and the opening of a Pandora’s box. After that test, the world would be a different place. After that test, the world would be a scarier place.

Atomic and nuclear weapons were not fully understood even after the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Theories abounded, but to verify the theories tests had to be run. From 1945 to 1998, 2053 tests have been performed. The video below shows each test (and the only two nuclear weapons to be used in war) on a map. The only countries not represented are North Korea, the efficacy of their two nuclear tests is disputed, and Israel, which has no official nuclear program.

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  • cruisintime

    Atomic Mushrooms and the adjacent Clouds.

  • Looks like they left out South Africa too. They finally acknowledged a relatively small nuclear program after apartheid ended (which may have been aided by Israel.) and dismantled the program. There is some suspicion that the Vela Inciden was a South African nuke test.

    • Never knew about that one, thanks for the link and knowledge.

  • Hey, I don't see the Aum Shinrikyo test in Western Australia, 1993 on there!

  • Boom goes the dynamite.

  • skitter

    We are insane. And stupid. And insane. And stupid.

    • I'm reminded of a story about a Rigellian named Naron….

      • skitter

        Excellent. I like the one where they don't know what to do because we don't blow ourselves up, so they can't swoop in and teach us the error of our ways.

    • If we're looking for the source of our troubles, we shouldn't test people for drugs, we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed and love of power.

      P.J. O'Rourke.

    • Vairship

      I feel like the video should end with the earth fading away, and the words: "Game over. Would you like to play again?"

  • mike

    what was the blip around new orleans???