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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 virtually 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

 

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