This interactive is probably the most shocking experience of digital mayhem I have ever had. The personal ramifications have been more mindbendingly distressing than the time I watched a 10yo sociopathic boy play Grand Theft Auto.
I am seriously traumatised and continue to wonder why I do this to myself.
Maybe I’m just addicted to vicarious trauma after 40 years of social work. 😨
My pathway to this site? How did I get here I ask myself.
An interesting site
2. The marines are building robotic balls. http://bit.ly/1WdQ4AI
3. View 2 on the web
An interesting read for a sci fi buff. Scary little beach balls that can detect explosives and carry them too. Images of a pleasant day at Bondi! 🙂
4. Link in 3: Menu: Threats
Enter the Nuke Map, a project from nuclear historian Alex Wellerstein. “The interactive map lets you plug in variables to see the outcome of various nuclear bomb scenarios.”
You can bomb anyone anywhere. What a frightening way to spend your day. Oh, I forgot, people already do….. and get paid for it.
I just set off a 50 kiloton (small) nuclear bomb in the centre of Darwin and here is the result….
Estimated deaths 3,210
Estimated injuries: 4,400
In any given 24-hour period, there are approximately 14,264 people in the 1 psi range of the most recent detonation. Modeling casualties from a nuclear attack is difficult. These numbers should be seen as evocative, not definitive. Fallout effects are ignored.
Effects radii for 50 kiloton surface burst (smallest to largest): ▼
Fireball radius: 380 m (0.45 km²)
Maximum size of the nuclear fireball; relevance to lived effects depends on height of detonation. If it touches the ground, the amount of radioactive fallout is significantly increased.
Air blast radius (20 psi): 0.8 km (2.02 km²)
At 20 psi overpressure, heavily built concrete buildings are severely damaged or demolished; fatalities approach 100%.
Radiation radius (500 rem): 1.64 km (8.41 km²)
500 rem radiation dose; without medical treatment, there can be expected between 50% and 90% mortality from acute effects alone. Dying takes between several hours and several weeks.
Air blast radius (5 psi): 1.69 km (8.94 km²) At 5 psi overpressure, most residential buildings collapse, injuries are universal, fatalities are widespread.
Thermal radiation radius (3rd degree burns): 2.87 km (25.9 km²)
Third degree burns extend throughout the layers of skin, and are often painless because they destroy the pain nerves. They can cause severe scarring or disablement, and can require amputation. 100% probability for 3rd degree burns at this yield is 9.5 cal/cm2.Note: Rounding accounts for any inconsistencies in the above numbers.
Estimated total-dose fallout contours for a 50 kiloton surface burst with a 15 mph wind: ▼
Fallout contour for 1 rads per hour:
Maximum downwind cloud distance: 164 km Maximum width: 18.4 km
Approximate area affected: 2,800 km²
Fallout contour for 10 rads per hour:
Maximum downwind cloud distance: 111 km Maximum width: 11.7 km
Approximate area affected: 1,320 km²
Fallout contour for 100 rads per hour: Maximum downwind cloud distance: 58.1 km.
Maximum width: 5 km
Approximate area affected: 390 km²
Fallout contour for 1,000 rads per hour:
Maximum downwind cloud (stem only) distance: 7.75 km
Maximum stem width: 1.84 km
Approximate area affected: 24.5 km²
The selected radiation level is too high for cloud fallout at this yield, and so this contour is not mapped. Maximum radiation contour for cloud fallout that can be mapped for this yield is 556 r/hr.
Fallout windsock is 7 km from ground zero.