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How Much Damage Can A Nuke Do In YOUR Neighborhood?

December 23, 2008
Visually compare the blast zone of historic nukes using a Google Maps tool.
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Nuclear weapons cause catastrophic damage but have you ever wondered what would be the actual extent of destruction if atomic bombs of various intensity were dropped on some city?

nuclear bomb damage

For instance, the map of the left illustrates the damage radius if a B61 gravity bomb exploded in some part of Delhi while the right aerial map illustrates damage that can be caused by Russia’s Tsar Bomba – the largest and most powerful hydrogen bomb ever detonated.

To calculate the devastating effect of nuclear bombs on any city, go to Ground Zero – this is a Google Maps mashup that gives an idea of the damage radius that can be caused by various nuclear bombs.

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Ground Zero   

This mapplet shows the thermal damage caused by a nuclear explosion.
Search for a place, pick a suitable weapon and press “Nuke It!”

Click on the marker for details. Drag the map to change the area.

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