|What if the 1945 "Fat Man" bomb was dropped on Melbourne today?|
|What if a 10kt "dirty bomb" was detonated in downtown Melbourne?|
Some very clever people at Stevens Institute of Technology, namely nuclear historian Alex Wellerstein developed “NukeMap” which allows you to overlap various atomic and nuclear events over a regular GoogleMaps view. You've seen this kind of effect with the Sea-Levels which I discussed in my Rising Sea-Levels post. The NukeMap application demonstrates the estimated (and extrapolated from actual tests) effects of these weapons on built-up areas, including "Fireball radius", "20psi Air Blast radius", "5psi Air Blast radius", Radiation Radius" and "Thermal Radiation Radius", each with a descriptor of the kinds of damages you could expect to see, and survivability of those effects.
|What if the currently deployed 800kt Russian "Topol SS-25" ICBM munition was dropped on Melbourne?|
|What if the currently deployed 800kt Russian "Topol SS-25" ICBM munition was detonated in downtown Melbourne?|
Its a very sobering tool to visualize both the destructive capacity we have been capable of for the past 80 years, but also as a reminder of how fortunate we are to have only ever had these forces brought to bare in anger only twice.