A Time-Lapse Map of Every Nuclear Explosion Since 1945 - by Isao Hashimoto





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Published on Oct 24, 2010

Japanese artist Isao Hashimoto has created a beautiful, undeniably scary time-lapse map of the 2053 nuclear explosions which have taken place between 1945 and 1998, beginning with the Manhattan Project's "Trinity" test near Los Alamos and concluding with Pakistan's nuclear tests in May of 1998. This leaves out North Korea's two alleged nuclear tests in this past decade (the legitimacy of both of which is not 100% clear).

Each nation gets a blip and a flashing dot on the map whenever they detonate a nuclear weapon, with a running tally kept on the top and bottom bars of the screen. Hashimoto, who began the project in 2003, says that he created it with the goal of showing"the fear and folly of nuclear weapons." It starts really slow — if you want to see real action, skip ahead to 1962 or so — but the buildup becomes overwhelming.


Multimedia artwork
"2053" - This is the number of nuclear explosions conducted in various parts of the globe.*
Profile of the artist: Isao HASHIMOTO
Born in Kumamoto prefecture, Japan in 1959.
Worked for 17 years in financial industry as a foreign exchange dealer. Studied at Department of Arts, Policy and Management of Musashino Art University, Tokyo.
Currently working for Lalique Museum, Hakone, Japan as a curator.
Created artwork series expressing, in the artist's view, "the fear and the folly of nuclear weapons":
"1945-1998" © 2003
"The Names of Experiments"
About "1945-1998" ©2003
"This piece of work is a bird's eye view of the history by scaling down a month length of time into one second. No letter is used for equal messaging to all viewers without language barrier. The blinking light, sound and the numbers on the world map show when, where and how many experiments each country have conducted. I created this work for the means of an interface to the people who are yet to know of the extremely grave, but present problem of the world."
Contact the artist:
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* The number excludes both tests by North Korea (October 2006 and May 2009).

Comments • 27,823

i love how 1958 was so bombarded with nukes everyone decided to take a break for 1959
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Erock Stoenescu
Really bad nuclear winter that year that's why
Alexis Garcia
Underdose 3:39
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russia and america had a race to see who could create the first man made fault line.
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who's touching 500 first.
Mason Man
+puncheex2 apparently it's in us... well it's the US, aka, it's our fault out heretofore under the blast radius active zones, n didn't even know it, what...With a the fruit fly spraying in2nd grade and HTC going cheap in school, oops, THC at home in 4th grades, we had slow brains, trains, and fast chains by the truck load
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Murica! Fk yeah! High score!
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Quixy Lados
clubsamwitch guy they werent, nevada might be the most nuked place
clubsamwitch guy
Quixy Lados you forgot to realize that most of these where done underwater and underground.
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Jake De La Cuesta
French Government: Twisting Mustaches "We need to increase our own military might hon hon hon". Drops nukes "No worry we will catch up to them". Baguette nukes fall from the sky in Algeria, Polynesia, and Morocco "Hon hon okay we are fini". Government goes back to making crepes
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LOL!!!! Please, this has GOT to be a story.
i'm french and i found this so fuckin funny x)
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I like how Pakistan fired their first two bombs and the world was like "nope, we should stop that"
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that is how wretched Pakistan is.
Albert Akst
India after Pakistan : Ohhh im back
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Benji Deaula
My goodness, october 1958 got so loud the sound glitched
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Petter Olafsen
Wile E. Coyote qq
Chocapik Bomba
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Michael Hahn
Brought to you by the same people that say global warming is our greatest threat and it is and you just seen how they created it.
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+michael you're just an inbred tinhat retard. Anyone who resorts to conspirasy theory to explain that which they are too stupid to understand deserves to be exicuted. I might add to the inbred retard called cretaal: the definition of an ice age is an era where there are large glacial ice sheets covering atleast 10% of the planet. We ARE in an ice age shitbag as greenland, the northern icecap AND antarctica combined add up to roughly 10% of the earths surface area not even to mention the glaciers in the northern canada, alaska and siberian regions.
Liam Price
Well, there is a new theory stating that we were in a small ice age. But it ended, so now the world is warming up.
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Yolo LP
My response exactly.
Total Orange
1961 hmm that don't looks so bad 1962 HOLY HELL WHAT THE
and i wondered why so many people have cancer
This is so sad, we are ruining our planet and our lifes :(
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