Over 2,000 nuclear explosions mapped in animation


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Artist Isao Hashimoto created an animation showing every nuclear test between 1945 (the first Manhattan Project test, called Trinity) and 1998 (a test in Pakistan). The total number? 2,053, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. Note that this number doesn’t include the rumored North Korean tests in 2006 and 2009. While the video starts slowly, by the late 1950s things are getting intense. Testing peaks in 1962, when over a hundred blasts are shown. You can follow the running tally at the top of the screen to see who’s testing, when, and where. After twelve minutes, the video goes silent and runs through the tests by country of origin, so you can see who’s blowing up what, where.

Hashimoto said (emphasis added): “This piece of work is a bird’s eye view of the history by scaling down a month length of time into one second. No letter is…

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