Tech Talk: Simulator subjects any home town to a nuclear blast
A frightening simulation program designed by the firm in the Fishtown section of Philadelphia shows users what would happen to their hometown if it was struck by a nuclear bomb.
In partnership with Madison, Wis.-based Outrider Foundation— a think-thank focusing on nuclear disarmament and climate change — Bluecadet built a simulator that lets you see how different nuclear blasts would ravage your city, and how far the radiation cloud would reach, writes Roberto Torres at techical.ly.
So, what if the bomb went off in Philadelphia? Even the smallest option, Little Boy — the 15-kiloton device that ravaged Hiroshima in August 1945 — would create a heat wave that would engulf the heart of Center City, from 30th Street Station to Independence Hall. Radiation would spread for two square miles, and a 1.5-square-mile shockwave would hit everything in sight from Callowhill to South Street.
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