Every Nuclear Explosion That's Happened Since 1945 Is Shown In This Alarming Animation

Not since the devastating attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan in 1945 has a nuclear bomb been used as a weapon. But since then there has been over 2,000 nuclear detonations as countries from Britain to USA, Russia, India, Pakistan, China, and more have carried out tests.

Many of those were tested during the height of the Cold War between North America and the USSR—but still, it's alarming to see just how many times nuclear explosions have taken place on the earth.

The animation begins with the Manhattan Project’s "Trinity" detonation in Los Alamos, New Mexico and it then jumps across the world to Japan where, two weeks after the Los Alamos explosion, the aforementioned attacks took place.

It then follows the tests across the world, with a huge amount taking place in Russia during the seventies, before we get to Pakistan's detonations in the late 90s and it ends with the most recent (although disputed) explosions, those undertaken by North Korea in 2006 and 2009.

The animation is by Alex Kuzoian and is an update of the famous time-lapse "1945-1998" by Japanese artist Isao Hashimoto. Hashimoto's piece shows all 2,053 nuclear explosions that happened globally between 1945 and 1998. With North Korea's added to that the total now sits at 2,055.

You can watch Hashimoto's animation below.