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This Frightening Animation Shows Every Single Nuclear Explosion That Occurred Between 1945 And 1998

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Morenike Adebayo

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clockAug 6 2015, 21:37 UTC
1600 This Frightening Animation Shows Every Single Nuclear Explosion That Occurred Between 1945 And 1998
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Japanese artist Isao Hashimoto created the animation below to display the number of nuclear explosions that went off between 1945 and 1998: a staggering 2,053.

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Beginning with the Manhattan Project’s first nuclear device detonated near Los Alamos, New Mexico, the number of explosions starts slowly at first and then quickly speeds up right through to Pakistan’s own nuclear tests in 1998.

Each explosion corresponds to a beep and a flash of color, with the totals for each country rapidly stacking up. It is especially poignant given that today is the 70th anniversary of the bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima, "Little Boy", at the end of World War Two.

Hashimoto created the animation in 2003, which is why more recent nuclear tests such as those by North Korea in 2006, 2009 and 2013 are excluded. 

In his own words, Hashimoto “created this work for the means of an interface to the people who are yet to know of the extremely grave, but present problem of the world.”

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[H/T: Popular Mechanics]


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