Looking at the map (auto generated target= Cleveland, Ohio), I decide on which bomb should I drop? Should it be the improvised HEU device- nuclear terrorism (10t)? Should it be the “Little Boy”- Hiroshima bomb (15 kt)? No, I think that I am going to go all the way to the “Tsar Bomba” -largest USSR bomb designed (100 Mt). I want it to be a surface detonation, I want to see the number of casualties, and I would love to see the Radioactive fallout. 3…2…1…Click Detonate! The numbers rising by the hundreds of thousands. Final tally: Estimated fatalities:968,180 Estimated injuries:695,610. This is of course, NUKEMAP.
NUKEMAP is a program that was created by Alex Wellerstein. He is a historian of science who specializes in the history of nuclear weapons and nuclear secrecy. Also, he is an assistant professor of Science and Technology Studies (STS) in the College of Arts and Letters at the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey. In addition to the creation of this simulation program that you can run on Google Maps, but he also runs a blog: Restricted Data The Nuclear Secrecy Blog.
This is a great program for entertainment, or for planning. You can simulate different types of nuclear devices that might detonate in whichever city you choose. Further, you can see the estimated casualty count and fallout areas. There is plenty of data from the generated report. You can plan for a nuclear bomb, or even estimate the fallout form a nuclear power plant meltdown. Below is a map showing all the nuclear power plants in the United States. Below that is a direct link to NUKEMAP for your enjoyment, er, your planning purposes.
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