Stunning Map Visualises Every Nuclear Detonation On Earth


This month marks the 70th anniversary of atomic bombs being dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of World War Two, which decimated both Japanese cities.

However, although those are the only two instances of the nuclear bomb being used as a weapon of mass destruction, there have been an astounding number of test detonations before and since around the world.

A total of 2,153 to be exact – which is the subject of a new video illustrating every single nuclear bomb detonation on a map of Earth from 1945 to the present day.

Set to eerie music and created by Canada-based musicians Orbital Mechanics, the video is titled ‘Trinity’, named after the first nuclear detonation test in New Mexico in 1945.

The impressive visualisation includes the date, location and strength of each nuclear detonation. According to the musicians’ Vimeo page, the red dots refer to atmospheric detonations, blue to underwater and yellow to those set off underground.

The project is a stunning piece of work which really hammers home humanity’s continued obsession with nuclear explosives and weapons of mass destruction, as well as the frightening and devastating power of the blasts themselves.