Will Your City Survive A Nuclear Bomb? This App Gives The Answer

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A nuclear bomb wipes out all of Tel Aviv and central Israel, using the Ground Zero app.

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.
tehran nuclear bomb

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.

istanbul nuclear bomb

What happens to Cairo makes us especially sad because of the Giza pyramids.

cairo nuclear bomb

If you live in Damascus your lovely city will be gone.

beirut lebanon nuclear bomb

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?

amman jordan nuclear bomb

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. 

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13 thoughts on “Will Your City Survive A Nuclear Bomb? This App Gives The Answer”

  1. E says:

    This article/app actually helped me comprehend exactly how scary these nuclear threats are. Imagining any city – even that of my “enemies” – destroyed like this is really upsetting.

  2. Hi Appalled, I didn’t say that the pyramids were worth more than people.

  3. MR says:

    I am also unsubscribing, peace and harmony above all is my policy. Right or wrong is secondary too. All wars and WMD are evil.

    1. Sorry you feel that way, but if a country like the UK were suddenly without an army or weapons, I think the true face of evil would be very clear. At least that’s the reality of the world we live in now. In a parallel universe somewhere, I hope the reality is different.

  4. appalled says:

    I am unsubscribing from your newsletter because of this story. It’s appalling. Nuclear weapons aren’t funny, and it’s certainly not funny to say you’re sorrier about the loss of pyramids than human and animal life. What a pathetic, ridiculous waste of space and time. Gross.

  5. AH says:

    Karin – we agree to disagree. You may view joking about war as a coping mechanism, that’s fine. Others view it as a way of desensitizing the public sufficiently enough, so that when the war actually takes place, it feels expected and normal.

    Being serious all the time is not good, I agree. But let’s be honest, war has real repercussions that are far from funny. The “jokes” will be a lot less funny when/if the bombs actually start falling, be they nuclear or not.

    All this being said, I also live in the region and find your site relevant and highly informative. So otherwise, keep up the good work!

  6. AH – I live in one of these countries of which you speak, and the way people cope with the war rhetoric in the midst for decades, centuries and eons – is humor. Please lighten up. Being serious all the time about war does no good, especially for people trying to make the world a better place. If the bombs really dropped, all our work would be for naught.

  7. MR says:

    I wish all the countries speek up and say they will never use nuclear first. That will lead to no fear, so no need.

  8. AH says:

    Karin – I do get that it is tongue and cheek, I just don’t think it is very responsible, particularly as the drums of war are already being beat for bombing Iran based on its alleged existential threat to Israel for this very reason.

  9. AH – lighten up a little. This bombing app has been around for a few years.. my last sentence reads: “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.”

  10. AH says:

    A rather f-ed up article I must say, as well as a rather pitiful attempt at humor and/or journalism.

    Also rather screwed up that your concern for Cairo is not the 20 million people living there, but the poor Giza pyramids…

  11. Since we don’t know what kinds of bombs will be used it’s all speculation. No don’t the results will be catastrophic.

  12. Maurice Picow says:

    One has to talk about damage caused by a 5 megaton HYDROGEN bomb that uses an atomic bomb as the “trigger” and causes mass atomic fusion, not fission. A Hiroshima or Nagasaki strength atomic bomb of between 15 and 20 kiloton would do much less damage – especially due to the way many buildings in TLV are constructed (not the newer glass ones, however.

    Remember, a 5 megaton hydrogen bomb has the strength of 5,000 A-bombs.

    Still, damage would be severe by an A-bomb, especially the radiation and fire storms the blast would cause.

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