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This Frightening Animation Shows Every Single Nuclear Explosion That Occurred Between 1945 And 1998

Via IFLScience: ‘Japanese artist Isao Hashimoto created the animation to display the number of nuclear explosions that went off between 1945 and 1998: a staggering 2,053.

Beginning with the Manhattan Project’s first nuclear device detonated near Los Alamos, New Mexico, the number of explosions starts slowly at first and then quickly speeds up right through to Pakistan’s own nuclear tests in 1998.

Each explosion corresponds to a beep and a flash of color, with the totals for each country rapidly stacking up. It is especially poignant given that today is the 70th anniversary of the bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima, “Little Boy”, at the end of World War Two.

Hashimoto created the animation in 2003, which is why more recent nuclear tests such as those by North Korea in 2006, 2009 and 2013 are excluded.’

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Read the Full Text of John Hersey’s “Hiroshima,” A Story of 6 Survivors​

Read the Full Text of John Hersey's "Hiroshima," A Story of 6 Survivors

For the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, The New Yorker has published online the full text of John Hersey’s “Hiroshima,” to which the magazine devoted the entire editorial space of its August 31, 1946 issue. “It does so in the conviction that few of us have yet comprehended the all but incredible destructive power of this weapon,” wrote the magazine’s editors, “and that everyone might well take time to consider the terrible implications of its use.”