Looking back at the destruction the U.S. caused to Japan in World War II by dropping the nuclear weapons “Little Boy” on Hiroshima and “Fat Man” on Nagasaki, these levels of damage in warfare were unprecedented and would bring about a new era of fear. Eventually and inevitably came the Cold War, and some tangent of that will likely return in the future.
Weapons have evolved so much since those two bombs were dropped in Japan though. Now we can create weapons that would destroy the whole world. I suppose this is why it is such a big deal to some that we constantly inspect Iran for “Weapons of Mass Destruction.” It only takes one.
Former art director at The New Yorker Maximilian Bode (via FastCoDesign) created this long and unsettling infographic to shed some light on just how destructive weapons are now. The largest on the list is Tsar Bomba, a nuclear weapon that belonged to the Russians, but keep in mind that this is just what has been detonated. A much scarier graphic would include what we don’t know is out there yet.