Thursday, May 19

This nuclear simulator collapsed with so many visits | Digital Trends Spanish


After news of Russia’s military invasion of Ukrainian territory became known, many people imagined the possibility of a nuclear attack by the Eurasian power.

This fear increased when Russian military troops took control of the Chernobyl power plant in Ukraine, where the largest nuclear disaster in history occurred in 1986.

Of course, the magnitude of this type of threat is unknown. For this reason, many restless people have resorted to a nuclear simulator to place themselves in this possible catastrophic scenario.

The problem is that the simulator Nukemapcreated by Alex Wellerstein in 2012, has collapsed in recent days due to the increase in the number of visitors, so the site has not been able to function properly.

Wellerstein is a historian of science and nuclear weapons, as well as a professor at the Stevens Institute of Technology. Some years ago he designed this program that allows viewing the radius of a variety of nuclear weapons attacks, which can be located in a city or region chosen by the visitor.

In addition, on the map you can select various types of nukes. Thus, the person can know the consequences for the area where he lives if any nation decides to launch the 20-kiloton Fat Man, the same one that fell on Nagasaki in 1945.

The site also shows in which areas or regions people may be exposed to the impact of the explosion and suffer serious burns.

Due to how popular this simulator has become in the last week, its creator has had to set up a mirror so that people can enter the site.

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