Time Lapse of Nuclear Explosions Since ‘45

by Rachel Gertz

Japanese artist Isao Hashimoto shows us the magnitude of all the nuclear explosions ever to be detonated since their birth during World War II. And I tell you what, folks. It’s a little unnerving to see just how many explosions have gone off since testing began up to the year 1996. Try 2053. Imagine: every mushroom cloud, ocean and desert detonation test, every real attack made by every country since WWII, beginning with those meant for Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
WARNING: disturbing images.

Oddly enough, watching this video reminds me of a game of Pong. Except every circle depicts the fallout resulting from a blast wind of up to 1000km/hr and temperatures up to 1000 degrees Celsius. Heat that would incinerate human beings. Not a harmless game of virtual table tennis.

It’s a fifteen minute video, so I’d recommend checking out the first two minutes, somewhere in the middle, and the summary at the end to get a feel for the sheer number of explosions that have been set off. It’s a beautifully crafted piece.

It’s been 67 years since the first human target of nuclear power. I want to believe it was the last.

View additional photos of Hiroshima.