August 6, 2015
What would it look like if an atomic bomb was dropped on your city?
Have you ever wondered what would happen to your city or town if an atomic bomb went off in it? Well, now thanks to NukeMap (which has actually been around for a few years) you can get an idea of the damage.
The tool allows you to try several different bombs--all historically accurate--ranging in size from 15 ton US "Davy Crockett" bomb to the 100 megaton Russian "Tsar Bomba" weapon. In honor of the 70th anniversary of the Hiroshima bomb, though, we decided to see how the same bomb would affect Nashville, TN, where redOrbit calls home.
The site estimates that 33,460 Nashvillians would perish, while another 50,750 would sustain injuries. Each ring indicates areas affected by different products of the detonation, with an explanation of each color to the right. We are relieved to find that redOrbit headquarters (marked by the red dot) would escape seemingly unharmed. However, we wouldn't be so lucky (as well as most of Middle Tennessee) if the Russians threw Tsar Bomba at us. (Not sure why they would, but then again, Putin banned memes of himself.)
What would your city look like?