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This is what nuclear bombs would do to Islamabad, Lahore and New Delhi

Indian and Pakistani politicians frequently raise the spectre of a nuclear war whenever tension between the two arch-rivals escalates.

Needless to say, very little thought is given to the great damage nuclear warheads are capable of wreaking when such statements are aired. The impact of such an exchange not just entails great loss of life but also disastrous consequences for the environment.

We used eight nuclear bombs from the US, the USSR, North Korea, India and Pakistan and detonated them in two Indian and Pakistani cities each to gauge their impact.

This is what we found:

ISLAMABAD

Type of bomb: Davy Crockett – tiniest US bomb produced (20t)

Estimated fatalities: 1,410

Type of bomb: Crude nuclear terrorist weapon (100t)

Estimated fatalities: 2,230

Type of bomb: North Korean weapon tested in 2006 (500t)

Estimated fatalities: 6,310

Type of bomb: Little Boy – Hiroshima Bomb (15kt)

Estimated fatalities: 60,350

Type of bomb: Fat Man – Nagasaki Bomb (20kt)

Estimated fatalities: 65,750

Type of bomb: Largest Indian weapon tested (60 kt)

Estimated fatalities: 1,07,260

 

Type of bomb: Castle Bravo – largest US bomb tested (15 Mt)

Estimated fatalities: 9,70,910

Type of bomb: Tsar Bomba – largest USSR bomb tested (50 Mt)

Estimated fatalities: 25,56,690

LAHORE

Type of bomb: Davy Crockett – tiniest US Bomb produced (20t)

Estimated fatalities: 7,520

Type of bomb: Crude Nuclear Terrorist Weapon (100t)

Estimated fatalities: 10,930

Type of bomb: North Korean Weapon tested in 2006 (500t)

Estimated fatalities: 27,360

Type of bomb: Little Boy – Hiroshima Bomb (15kt)

Estimated fatalities: 2,14,330

Type of bomb: Fat Man – Nagasaki Bomb (20kt)

Estimated fatalities: 2,34,550

Type of bomb: Largest Indian weapon tested (60 kt)

Estimated fatalities: 4,40,210

Type of bomb: Castle Bravo – largest US bomb tested (15 Mt)

Estimated fatalities: 53,12,110

Type of bomb: Tsar Bomba – largest USSR bomb tested (50 Mt)

Estimated fatalities: 77,35,140

NEW DELHI

Type of bomb: Davy Crockett – tiniest US bomb produced (20t)

Estimated fatalities: 1,410

Type of bomb: Crude nuclear terrorist weapon (100t)

Estimated fatalities: 6,350

Type of bomb: North Korean weapon tested in 2006 (500t)

Estimated fatalities: 21,200

Type of bomb: Little Boy – Hiroshima Bomb (15kt)

Estimated fatalities: 1,97,280

Type of bomb: Fat Man – Nagasaki Bomb (20kt)

Estimated fatalities: 2,15,910

Type of bomb: Largest Pakistani weapon tested (60 kt)

Estimated fatalities: 3,67,900

Type of bomb: Castle Bravo – largest US bomb tested (15 Mt)

Estimated fatalities: 69,72,300

Type of bomb: Tsar Bomba – largest USSR bomb tested (50 Mt)

Estimated fatalities: 1,39,89,210

Colours used for determining effect

Radiation radius (500 rem) – Green

Fireball radius- Dark yellow

Air blast radius (20 psi) – Pink

Air blast radius (5 psi) – Grey

Thermal radiation radius (3rd degree burns) – Light yellow

This article originally appeared on Data Newsroom.

 


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