Do You Want to Know What Could Happen to Our Planet if a Nuclear War Was to Start?

Posted on Nov 02, 2016

Have you seen that instructional video from the 1950s for 'Duck and cover,' the method that was recommended to US citizens during the Cold War? Every US citizen was told that this method of ducking and covering was the only way of protecting themselves in the case of an unexpected nuclear explosion.

These days, the possibility of World War III is very likely, and the number of nuclear weapons on our planet is simply frightening. But do you actually know what could happen to our world in the case of a nuclear war?

1. World Wars Have Destroyed Our Planet

World Wars Have Destroyed Our Planet
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Wars are terrible, especially when the whole world starts to participate and a world war takes place.

There were two like that already in our history, and the results were awful. However, military analysts are saying that the chances of another world war are higher than ever.

2. Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Hiroshima and Nagasaki
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World War II was deadly on its own, but it ended tragically. The nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki showed us a glimpse of what could happen if World War III was to take place and the entire world remembers it even after more than 70 years.

3. New Weapons Are Being Developed Every Day

New Weapons Are Being Developed Every Day
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And when you think about the massive scale of destruction in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, just imagine what would happen today if the most powerful countries in the world used their nuclear arsenals that are currently available.

And to make matters worse, bigger and stronger nuclear weapons are being developed every day.

Today, nine countries own around 15 thousand nuclear bombs in total. Russia and the USA each keep 1,800 launch-ready missiles that can be fired within minutes in case something happens.

4. Unit of Measurement

Unit of Measurement
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What happened in Hiroshima is nowadays used as a unit to measure the destruction that an atomic bomb could cause.

After 70 years, the world's nuclear weapons have developed so much that the damage they would do would be much larger and more devastating than the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

5. The Soviet 'Tsar Bomba'

The Soviet 'Tsar Bomba'
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In 1961, Russia tested a massive bomb called Tsar Bomba, and it was the largest nuclear explosion in history. It was detonated on Severny Island, and it destroyed everything on that island.

The bomb was 3,333 times stronger than the one that fell on Hiroshima.

6. The Consequences Were Frightening

The Consequences Were Frightening
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The explosion was so massive that it inflicted minor burns on people who were 60 miles away. The shockwaves of the explosion went around the whole planet three times.

There were reports that the blast was felt in Finland and Norway, and that many windows were shattered.

7. And What About the Biggest Nuke in the USA?

And What About the Biggest Nuke in the USA?
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B83 is the biggest nuclear bomb of the US Army.

If it were detonated, the cloud of the explosion would be higher than the height of an airplane and Mount Everest. The blast of the B83 would produce 1.2 megatons, while the bomb that dropped on Hiroshima was 15 kilotons.

The blast of this bomb would be 80 times stronger and larger than the bomb that fell on Hiroshima.

8. Is the Destruction Inevitable?

Is the Destruction Inevitable?
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What's especially awful when it comes to nuclear bombs is that they are devastating even after the explosion, because of the residual radiation and fallout.

The blasts would destroy entire cities until there is nothing left of them, and fallout would be dispersed around the world.

9. The Consequences Would Be Felt Years after the Blast

The Consequences Would Be Felt Years after the Blast
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The consequences will be awful and will be felt even decades after the actual incident.

Different birth conditions and cancers are more common even in the grandchildren of people who survived nuclear explosions in the past, so just imagine what they could to us today.

10. Here's a Video for Those Who Wish to Know More

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