Mind-Blowing Time Lapse Animation of Every Nuclear Explosion, 1945-1998

I recall seeing this several years ago, but it mysteriously vanished from the internet. Fortunately, however, it’s back and making its rounds through social media. This is an absolutely mind-blowing animation that illustrates the date and location of all 2,053 nuclear explosions (atmospheric and underground) between the 1945 Trinity test through Pakistan’s detonations in 1998.

A few things to watch for:

1) How insane were the late 1950s and 1960s?

2) The Pacific islands and Central Asia were totally hammered.

If you’re blown away by this animation, I urge you to watch the breathtaking documentary Trinity & Beyond: The Atomic Bomb Movie, narrated by William Shatner. Here’s the full movie:

Bob Cesca is the managing editor for The Daily Banter, the editor of BobCesca.com, the host of the Bubble Genius Bob & Chez Show podcast and a Huffington Post contributor.

Bob Cesca is the host of the Bob Cesca Show podcast, a twice weekly political talk show. He’s also a contributor to Salon.com. Follow him on Twitter and on Facebook.