Time lapse video map of every nuclear explosion ever on Earth
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.
It starts really slow — if you want to see real action, skip ahead to 1962 or so — where the nuclear arms race becomes really evident.
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.”
Note: The time lapse video leaves out North Korea’s two alleged nuclear tests in the past decade (the legitimacy of both of which is not 100% clear).