Japanese Artist Maps History of the World’s Nuclear Explosions (1945–1998)

NuclearArtOver 2,000 detonations! Really informative. Duncan Geere writes on Wired.com (UK):

A Japanese artist named Isao Hashimoto has created a series of works about nuclear weapons. One is titled “1945—1998″ and shows a history of the world’s nuclear explosions.

Over the course of fourteen and a half minutes, every single one of the 2,053 nuclear tests and explosions that took place between 1945 and 1998 are is plotted on a map.

After a couple of minutes or so, however, once the USSR and Britain entered the nuclear club, the tests really start to build up, reaching a peak of nearly 140 in 1962, and remaining well over 40 each year until the mid-80s.

It’s a compelling insight into the history of humanity’s greatest destructive force, especially when you remember that only two nuclear explosions have ever been detonated offensively, both in 1945. Since then, despite more than 2,000 other tests and billions of dollars having been spent on their development, no nuclear warheads have been used in anger.

Read More: Wired.com (UK)

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  • Hadrian999

    i've always found it ironic that the only nation to use atomic weapons……against civilians has somehow managed to set itself up as the arbiter of who can have access to nuclear technology.
    perhaps we'll hand the power to decide religious tolerance over to the Saudis or responsibility for maritime law to Somalia

    • Word Eater

      Only one who has abused a power understands its dangers enough to limit its use by others.

    • Haystack

      What's harder for me to accept is that we keep invading or threatening to invade smaller countries, while at the same time demanding that they deny themselves a nuclear deterrent that would serve to curb our own aggression toward them.

  • Oppenheimer

    Interesting animation although it leaves out Operation Phoenix, in which South Africa and Israel performed a nuclear test together.

  • 5by5

    Gee, I wonder why the incidents of cancer are so high….. ? Oh.

    Yeah, that may have contributed.

  • pier

    I wonder how many explosions were left out…

  • Haystack

    What’s harder for me to accept is that we keep invading or threatening to invade smaller countries, while at the same time demanding that they deny themselves a nuclear deterrent that would serve to curb our own aggression toward them.

  • Anarchy Wolf

    Jesus Christ! WTF do they have to gain by firing so many? You’d think that the US and USSR would learn what there was to learn after like 10, but Jesus Christ! 

  • Anarchy Wolf

    Jesus Christ! WTF do they have to gain by firing so many? You’d think that the US and USSR would learn what there was to learn after like 10, but Jesus Christ! 

  • Anarchy Wolf

    Jesus Christ! WTF do they have to gain by firing so many? You’d think that the US and USSR would learn what there was to learn after like 10, but Jesus Christ! 

  • Anarchy Wolf

    Jesus Christ! WTF do they have to gain by firing so many? You’d think that the US and USSR would learn what there was to learn after like 10, but Jesus Christ! 

  • Anarchy Pony

    Jesus Christ! WTF do they have to gain by firing so many? You’d think that the US and USSR would learn what there was to learn after like 10, but Jesus Christ! 

    • Anarchy Pony

      And why the hell did the French need to fire off so many?

  • Anarchy Wolf

    And why the hell did the French need to fire off so many?