Japanese artist Isao Hashimoto has created a beautiful, undeniably scary time-lapse map of the 2053 nuclear explosions which have taken place
between 1945 and 1998, beginning with the Manhattan Project's "Trinity" test near Los Alamos and concluding with Pakistan's nuclear tests in May of
1998. This leaves out North Korea's two alleged nuclear tests in this past decade (the legitimacy of both of which is not 100% clear). Each nation
gets a blip and a flashing dot on the map whenever they detonate a nuclear weapon, with a running tally kept on the top and bottom bars of the screen.
Hashimoto, who began the project in 2003, says that he created it with the goal of showing"the fear and folly of nuclear weapons." It starts really
slow — if you want to see real action, skip ahead to 1962 or so — but the buildup becomes overwhelming.
I must say, I am shocked at my own level of ignorance when it comes to nuclear testing around the world. Had no idea how many of them have been
happening all over the globe since 1945. I would probably be even more shocked to know the extent of natural, human and animal health and atmospheric
damages these tests have caused directly or indirectly. Don't the numbers seem a bit high? and by so few countries? What is the true nuclear agenda?
edit on 23-11-2010 by Isawsomething because: Added video info
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