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What it's like to use Nukemap VR
Why an artist and historian want you to nuke places in virtual reality
Imagine that a kiloton nuclear bomb exploded in the city closest to you. Do you know how the city, surrounding region, and its inhabitants would be affected? To help the world understand what might happen if a nuclear weapon exploded, Wellerstein created an interactive browser app called Nukemap. The reality is somewhere in between," he wrote. To illustrate that reality, Nukemap lets you build a hypothetical nuclear bomb and drop it anywhere on Earth. The software uses declassified equations and models about nuclear weapons and their effects - fireball size, air-blast radius, radiation zones, and more - to crunch the numbers, then renders the results as graphics inside Google Maps.
A handy drop down allows users to pick various nukes to see their effects—including the North Korean Hwasong—and see the difference between a surface detonation and an air burst. A surface blast greater radioactive fallout while an air burst would cover a wider geographic area. Ground Zero is another tool that does something similar using Google Maps.