This map isn’t what it seems. It is a relic of a by-gone era.
This is a map of every potential target for US nuclear weapons during the Cold War.
Over 1100 targets in all!
Click here to interact with the map; you can detonate each of the dots and see how much damage a nuclear blast would cause.
More via the Future Of Life Institute:
Although many people argue for total elimination of nuclear weapons, let us instead ask what the maximum number is that’s needed for effective nuclear deterrence. Seven of the nine nuclear nations have determined that deterrence requires fewer than 300 nuclear weapons, and none of them have been attacked. In contrast, the U.S. and Russia each have approximately 7,000 each, and are currently escalating the situation by massive investments to enhance their arsenals with more accurate and lethal nuclear weapons. Many military analysts agree that the U.S. and Russia could easily meet their deterrence needs with fewer than 7,000 or even 1,000 nuclear weapons. But don’t take their word for it: play with the map yourself and see just how destructive nuclear weapons can be!
Or Maybe the Cold War isn’t over…
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