Support for LAist comes from
We Explain L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This


Midnight Movie: Nuclear Detonation Timeline "1945-1998"

Stories like these are only possible with your help!
You have the power to keep local news strong for the coming months. Your financial support today keeps our reporters ready to meet the needs of our city. Thank you for investing in your community.

In this video by Isao Hashimoto you can see the 2,053 nuclear tests and explosions that took place between 1945 and 1998 as they are plotted visually on a world map with accompanying sound effects.

The first three detonations represent the Manhattan Project and the two bombs that ended World War II. Several minutes later, the USSR and Britain enter the nuclear era as the testing really gets going.

As former Scientific American Editor-in-Chief John Rennie wrote, "The reminder that more than 1,000 nuclear explosion took place in the American Southwest almost leaves you wondering how the entire region isn’t an atomic wasteland, doesn’t it?"

Note that the video does not show two nuclear tests that occurred after 1998, both by North Korea, in October 2006 and May 2009.