Photo cred - Alex Wellerstein
Ever wonder what would happen if a nuke were to fall into the wrong hands and blow up over, oh say, McGill University? Well not to worry, because thanks to Alex Wellerstein, a historian of science at the Stevens Institute of Technology, there’s an app for that. By using Google Maps as a backdrop for destruction, NUKEMAP lets you wipe out your own city, all from the comfort of your own home! So without further ado, BOOM!
1. "Fat Man" - 20 kilotons
Fat Man brought World War 2 to a screeching halt when it was dropped on Nagasaki, Japan, just three days after its 15 kiloton counterpart "Little Boy" devastated Hiroshima. This is what you can expect if the same bomb hit McGill.
2. "Davy Crockett" - 20 tons
Also made in the land of the free and the home of the brave is the motherfvcking Davy Crockett. He's just a little guy though - the smallest nuke in the US arsenal and no problem for Concordia.
3. North Korean nuke tested in 2013 - 10 kiloton
No wonder South East Asia was, and still is, shitting their pants. Better hope you're in the Mile End when Kim Jong Un takes a book burning tour of McGill.
Photo cred - NUKEMAP
4. R12 (SS4) Soviet Missile - 2.42 Megatons
Oops, there goes the Island! For those of you who have never read a book before, there was this little incident back in '62 called "the Cuban Missile Crisis," where mother nature almost ended because Mother Russia planted a bunch of these bad boys in Cuba.
5. Largest Pakistani weapon tested - 45 kilotons
Good thing it's in a stable country that would never, ever, let nukes get into the wrong hands.
6. Tsar Bomba - 50 Megatons
The "Tsar Bomba," the largest nuclear detonation in history, had a mushroom cloud seven times taller than Mount Everest and gave zero fucks about the Polar Bears it wiped out on that god forsaken island north of Russia. Meanwhile, in Kitchener, Ontario.
7. Tsar Bomba - 100 Megatons
This right here was the holy grail of mutually assured destruction. Uniting only the finest in Soviet diplomacy with steadfast environmental disregard, this blast would have been so ridiculously huge it would have even killed the bomber crew that dropped it.