If we say we are on the edge of nuclear war than it wouldn’t be wrong at all. Among all the major issues, the world is going through; nuclear weapons are the most prior issues we usually have on the list. Because most of the countries around the world have access to nuclear weapons although they did not fire any missile of them so far. However, the increase in tension between superpowers really creates great chaos among nations worldwide.

For example, the war of words remain on among US and Russia, it is important to keep in mind that both have access to more than 100 nuclear weapons. At the same time, North Korea along with all its kind gesture and behaviour still look alike big threat to almost everyone around it.  Another example is continued unrest in the entire middle can’t let anyone settle for rest.  Nuclear war is a deadly nightmare and it won’t let anyone win eventually.

All such anarchy compel scientist and researchers have designed and launched Nukemap app to imagine and look at the effects of a nuclear blast in the area closet to you.

What is Nukemap?

A historical scientist Alex Wellerstein created an interactive Nukemap app using unclassified nuclear weapons effects data along with Google maps API.



An activist group known as Outrider has the majority of experts, researchers and scientists who want to control the frightening threat of nuclear weapons through an informative campaign. The same group is behind the creation of Nukemap, to offer an accessible tool to simulate the deadly effects if a nuclear weapon were detonated any of the places on earth.  The results seem much more fear-provoking but fascinating.

Also, the app has gone through some major upgrades but this app allows users to look at the exemplary nuclear weapon explosion. The app also enables the user to select their virtual territory or virtual altitude of their prime.

The app, lets the user explore the exemplary nuclear bomb detonated in the closet area of around 150-kiloton. This software helps you simulate models about nuclear weapon’s explosion effects in a few classified forms.

How does Nukemap work?

Isn’t interesting you can create a hypothetical nuclear bomb and fire anywhere you want, but all with virtual software? This is the same you can do with Nukemap app now. The app is created with declassified equations as well as small or large nuclear weapons models together with their effects.

The software denoted nuke exploded effects in various display zones such as thermal radiation, air-blast radius, radiation zones, and fireball. The app first showed numbers then automatically purifies it into graphics to see clearly.

This app offered fixed options, and allow users to pick from recent and historic blasts along with recent test explosion by North Korea, Tsar Bomba. This is estimated the most powerful nuke ever exploded.  Moreover, the software may present estimate injuries and fatalities which a selected nuclear weapon produce.

Last upgraded Nukemap having smart features which enable users to look at the radioactive cloud fallout pointed according to the weather conditions. Mainly fallout denoted heavy debris or dirt which would be sucked up by nuke blast and brightened to next level of danger – also sprinkled and pushed over everywhere in the atmosphere to great distances.

The app gets updated and allows users to export their scenarios which they can easily put together in software and explore them in 3D.

How to use Nukemap?

Nukemap app or software is the most interactive nuclear blast map help you explore how much times the effects can raise or how much people will be affected if any nuke hits your city.

  • Firstly you need to select a nuclear bomb and target

In the start, it is better to use Nukemap 2.5 with its preset North Korean test blast. However, you have the option to choose from one of four bombs along with tweaking settings of the blast. Every bomb has specific ranging with the original little boy to USSR’s Tsar Bomba.  Then you need to decide on your target or where you want to detonate the bomb, the damage amount caused by the explosion can be categorically irrational.

According to experts, North Korean’s test blast was possibly a thermonuclear bomb can be generated an explosion of an average 150 kilotons’ value of TNT. The most powerful nuclear explosion to date was roughly 10 times stronger the bomb, exploded in 1945.

If you started with the city San Francisco, the city is within the estimated range farthest reaching and a newest intercontinental ballistic missile by North Korea.

  • Then estimate blast effects

The software relates with its default settings and automatically assumed 150-kiloton-yield warhead and then detonate 1.03 miles. While an aerial ignition increases the destructive power of a nuclear bomb through helping it to spread the energy of blast respectively.

Major effects of nuclear bomb blast will display in these four zones along their estimate effect range, which are: Fireball (0.56 miles away), Shockwave (4.64 miles away), radiation (1.24 miles away), and heat (6.54 miles away)

The most nearby area to the detonation site is known as a fireball, it has flames or fire burning objects, building and peoples. With the 5 pounds per square inch, the blast area showed air-blast or shock wave that is competent enough to collapse rupture eardrums and residential buildings.  While the nuclear bomb’s radiations are highly intense in the specific area and most probably cause of death within the radius.

The region of heat and its radius is water-logged along skin-scorching ultraviolet light which burns everyone within a few microseconds. This heat is extremely powerful third-degree burns spread all over the skin layers and most often do not cause pain as they suddenly destroy nerves.

  • Radioactive fallout zones and casualties

For this we need to choose the height of surface burst then you can see air-blast and thermal zone while the double of fireball appears with the increased radiation zone. However, with new radioactive fallout setting based on local weather, you can view human effects although you have casualties option to see the clear and broad picture.

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