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A Time-Lapse Map of Each Nuclear Explosion Since 1945 – by Isao Hashimoto – jj

A Time-Lapse Map of Each Nuclear Explosion Since 1945 – by Isao Hashimoto

Japanese artist Isao Hashimoto has created a beautiful, undeniably scary time-lapse map of the 2053 nuclear explosions which have taken place between 1945 and 1998, beginning with the Manhattan Project’s “Trinity” test near Los Alamos and concluding with Pakistan’s nuclear tests in May of 1998. This leaves out North Korea’s two alleged nuclear tests in this past decade (the legitimacy of both of which is not 100% clear).

Each nation gets a blip and a flashing dot on the map whenever they detonate a nuclear weapon, with a running tally kept on the top and bottom bars of the screen. Hashimoto, who began the project in 2003, says that he created it with the goal of showing”the fear and folly of nuclear weapons.” It starts really slow — if you want to see real action, skip ahead to 1962 or so — but the buildup becomes overwhelming.


Multimedia artwork
“2053” – This is the number of nuclear explosions conducted in various parts of the globe.*
Profile of the artist: Isao HASHIMOTO
Born in Kumamoto prefecture, Japan in 1959.
Worked for 17 years in financial industry as a foreign exchange dealer. Studied at Department of Arts, Policy and Management of Musashino Art University, Tokyo.
Currently working for Lalique Museum, Hakone, Japan as a curator.
Created artwork series expressing, in the artist’s view, “the fear and the folly of nuclear weapons”:
“1945-1998” © 2003
“The Names of Experiments”
About “1945-1998” ©2003
“This piece of work is a bird’s eye view of the history by scaling down a month length of time into one second. No letter is used for equal messaging to all viewers without language barrier. The blinking light, sound and the numbers on the world map show when, where and how many experiments each country have conducted. I created this work for the means of an interface to the people who are yet to know of the extremely grave, but present problem of the world.”
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* The number excludes both tests by North Korea (October 2006 and May 2009).


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  1. Do people joking in the comments not realize the U.S.A never actually nuked themselves?

    They were test sites in extremely remote areas. Anyone who knows Nevada geography knows like half the state is desert land which no one lives in, so it's perfect for testing sites. Areas like those are what they tested nukes in. Same goes with places such as the U.S.S.R and China.

    Its a normal thing, and while I know some of you are joking, a lot of people aren't and come across as completely ignorant.

  2. This is honestly terrifying. How much radiation has been saturated into the oceans? How much land has been destroyed? How much money was spent testing weapons of destruction vs helping people? How much did all this release of energy affect the environment?

  3. There is someone thing so terrifying about listening to the beeps of the days go by almost liked they are timers for detention and it seems obvious but you realize that we have the power to end millions of lives in seconds.

  4. 1945: USA made chat with Japan

    1945: Japan has left the chat.

    1949: USSR has joined the chat

    1952: Great Britain has joined the chat.

    1960: France has joined the chat.

    1964: China has joined the chat.

    1974: India has joined the chat.

    1998: Pakistan has joined the chat.

  5. People do realize that these tests were carried out by country's governments, not their average citizens, right? People making generalizations about a nation's people like it was some random families in Detroit or St. Petersburg that conducted these tests are freaking half wits.

    And anyone getting all butt hurt about the US testing the most, it was called the fkn cold war. Read a history book. Obviously the bombs on Japan before that were terrible but in regards to testing it's not like other nations are any less guilty just because they "tested less" before the planet all agreed we had to stop testing. People seem to forget that context matters. Now we all argue on the internet about "who tested the most nukes" and criticize each other. Nobody talks about the fact that the last of the nuclear treaties is about to end and another arms race might well begin again if our governments don't renew it.

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