Sunday, 7 August 2011

Nuclear Explosions 1945-1998

This post is definitely the darkest post I have written & posted yet! It's not something I normally shout about but the following film is something that I think we should all be made to see. Between 1945 & 1998 an incredible 2053 nuclear explosions have been registered here on earth...two thousand and fifty three! Japanese artist Isao Hashimoto has created a beautiful, undeniably scary time-lapse map of the 2053 nuclear explosions which have taken place on our beautiful planet, beginning with the Manhattan Project's "Trinity" test near Los Alamos and concluding with Pakistan's nuclear tests in May of 1998. Of the 2053 that were detonated 1032 of them were made by the US.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 where the buildup becomes overwhelming.I watched it from beginning to end (it takes around 15 minutes), it's fascinating & jaw droppingly terrifying. What on EARTH do we think we are doing to our planet and atmosphere? Anyway, here it is...turn on your sound & click the film to play (full screen is the better way to view this):