A Time-Lapse Map of Every Nuclear Explosion Since 1945

Japanese artist Isao Hashimoto has created a beautiful, undeniably scary time-lapse map of the 2053 nuclear explosions which have taken place between 1945 and 1998, beginning with the Manhattan Project’s “Trinity” test near Los Alamos and concluding with Pakistan’s nuclear tests in May of 1998. This leaves out North Korea’s two alleged nuclear tests in this past decade (the legitimacy of both of which is not 100% clear).

Each nation gets a blip and a flashing dot on the map whenever they detonate a nuclear weapon, with a running tally kept on the top and bottom bars of the screen. Hashimoto, who began the project in 2003, says that he created it with the goal of showing”the fear and folly of nuclear weapons.” It starts really slow — if you want to see real action, skip ahead to 1962 or so — but the buildup becomes overwhelming.


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121 Responses to "A Time-Lapse Map of Every Nuclear Explosion Since 1945"

  1. Peter Amodio  October 20, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    Hey, to top it all, we’re going to get the Chinese to build and run nuclear power stations here in Britain!

    • [email protected]  October 21, 2013 at 3:07 pm

      Yeah that’s really SAFE! And sooooo smart.

  2. WonderingWhy  October 21, 2013 at 3:12 am

    I was under the impression the French had stopped testing in the Pacific not too long after the Rainbow Warrior incident. What a surprise to find they continued testing. Wow this whole thing is very sad….. And we wonder why there is an amazing increase in all types of cancer… hmmmm let me see…..

  3. panampia  October 21, 2013 at 4:13 am

    Can you imagine the money spent on all of this? If added together, how much techno reserch could have been funded for developing and implementing renewable, pollution free energy? How many schools could have been built? Teachers paid for? Hunger wiped out? But no, instead we have gaggles of MEN, yes, men not women, who are so pathetically hell bent on fighting, causing or starting wars, killing and dominating others. It disgusts me. Such the weaker sex they are….

  4. will shine  October 22, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    To completely indemnify the female partners of these labcoat sociopaths is to misunderstand how fascism works. It takes a (hateful) village.

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