An online tool called Nukemap can be used by anxious citizens to position a hypothetical nuclear weapon on a building or a landmark in their city or town to determine how a potential devastation will spread. Nukemap is an interactive map that makes use of Google Maps API to digitally simulate the effects of a nuclear detonation.
In spite of the grim nature of the subject of nuclear bombs, the comments of the new American president have sparked off fears of a new global arms race and have heightened tensions regarding nuclear weapons.
Based on the details of historic and existing bombs, damages can be estimated from the center of blast up to the surrounding areas. One of the sources of information includes the 20 kiloton “Fat Man” warhead that was used in Nagasaki in 1945. Another source includes the weapons that are currently held by powerful nations that include Russia’s 800 kiloton “Topol SS-25.”
Other bombs that have been tested for their range is the 100 ton “crude nuclear terrorist weapon” and the 15 megaton hydrogen bomb called “Castle Bravo” the most powerful nuclear device that has been detonated by the United States.
The world’s largest nuclear device that was set off is the 50 megaton Soviet “Tsar Bomba” that was detonated in 1961 at a remote arctic test location. According to Nukemap, if this powerful manmade nuclear device is dropped in London, the explosion will immediately kill 5.8 million people. Thermal radiation that will result into third degree burns will spread as far as Reading, Southend and Haywards Heath.
Social media users who have reacted to Alex Wellerstein’s Nukemap have expressed their fears as well as relief that they are not residing near city centers. Some are glad that they are living in the suburbs which will not likely be a target of a nuclear weapon.
If Nukemap elicits fears among people, an Illustrated Map will provide fun and excitement. When a city or town becomes the subject of an artistic illustration, you will find popular symbols like monuments, landmarks and historic buildings that will help in finding directions.