There was much disagreement around the dinner table the other night about whether or not Israel will be obliterated if Iran drops a nuclear bomb. Will there be something to spare? Should Israelis expect a bomb to melt the entire country or would a bomb just wipe out a small square kilometer of land? My husband says the actual direct impact of a nuclear bomb is not that severe.
Raised in Canada during the cold war between the USA and Russia I faced many a sleepless nights wondering if there was a Russian bomb targeting my parent’s home in suburbia. According to my Grade 4 teacher, Mr. Brich, there was. This trauma has left me with the notion that nuclear bombs melt everything within 50 miles of their wake. Who was right? Me or my sometimes more logical better half? I turned to the internet to see if I could find out. Turns out there is an app which lets you nuclear bomb your city. The results are grim. Below I bomb a few Middle Eastern cities to document the extent of the damage.
It makes mutant butterflies look like child’s play.
Since it’s not really known what kind of bombs either Israel or Russia possess, I chose a 50 mt Russian bomb, the Tsra Bomba (for the memories) and the results don’t look great.
The inner circle is complete annihilation, and the outer rings represent instant fire, persistant fires, and radiation overload. See below in the maps for what happens to Beirut, Jeddah, Tehran, Amman, Cairo, and Istanbul. Will you survive the blast?
Below is the Tsar Bomba bomb dropped on Tehran. Say bye, bye to the city center, and the cities of Karaj, Eslam Shahr, and Shahr-e-Qods.
If you live in Beirut, say bye, bye to the city and the Sidon District. The bomb will even impact nearby Syria.
Now for the Turks. If you live in Istanbul, say goodbye forever to your beautiful city. It will be gone, as well as the cities of Sisli, Esenyurt, and Gebze.
What happens to Cairo makes us especially sad because of the Giza pyramids.
If you live in Damascus your lovely city will be gone.
Effects of a nuclear bomb dropped on Amman will be felt directly in Madaba, and Jarash, and the top of the Dead Sea. Triggering devastating earthquakes?
We have gone through this exercise in tongue and cheek. We wish for no nuclear weapons to be dropped on any city, people, environment or animals.
Update Aug 10, 2020- the app is no longer online. Given the horrible humanitarian disaster in Beirut, we hope no one will need to play around with bombing games.