Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Nuclear Weapons Effects Calculator

Or in layman's term: How Fucked Are You?

This interactive tool illustrates the devastating effects of a nuclear weapon detonation in selected U.S. cities. The size of the weapon and the height at which it is detonated are the two main factors which affect the range of destruction. The size of the bomb can be chosen by selecting the weapon's yield, as measured in kilotons (KT) or megatons (MT) of TNT equivalent. There is also the option of having the bomb delivered using an automobile at ground level or using an aircraft flying at an altitude which produces the widest area of destruction.

Sez Ivan Oelrich, FAS strategic security project director:

“This is just a very graphic way to let anyone see what the effect of a bomb on his city would be.”

Isn't that thoughtful? Any person who wants to "see what it would take to wipe out cities such as Chicago, Los Angeles and Reno, Nev.," can do so with the click of their mouse. Doomsdaying has never been easier, though sleep may now prove more elusive.

I love the Internets!

Blonde nod to Wonkette.

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