What if We Nuke a City?

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As you may have noticed, we like to blow stuff up on this channel. So when the International Red Cross approached us to collaborate on a video about nuclear weapons, we were more than excited.
Until we did the research. It turned out we were a bit oblivious off the real impact of nuclear weapons in the real world, on a real city. And especially, how helpless even the most developed nations on earth would be if an attack occurred today.
So hopefully this video demonstrates how extremely non fun a real world nuclear attack would be, without being too gruesome. This collaboration was a blast (no pun intended) and we want to say a huge thank you to the International Red Cross!
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Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell
As you may have noticed, we like to blow stuff up on this channel. So when the International Red Cross approached us to collaborate on a video about nuclear weapons, we were more than excited. Until we did the research. It turned out we were a bit oblivious off the real impact of nuclear weapons in the real world, on a real city. And especially, how helpless even the most developed nations on earth would be if an attack occurred today. This collaboration was a blast (no pun intended) and we want to say a huge thank you to the International Red Cross! Please check out to learn more about nuclear weapons and what you can do to stop them.
11 11
11 11 Il y a 12 heures
Real things like this to be worried about, and people are going hysterical over fantastical fabricated bullshit like climate change and starting me too movements...yes this generation is full of retards. But that being said, NWs are necessary for other events that don't just threaten one city, but the entire human race itself...getting rid of all of the would be an incredibly stupid move. Maybe that can be your next video; what would happen if an asteroid the size of Manhattan were to hit earth?...
Aaron Christensen
Aaron Christensen Il y a 6 jours
We just going to ignore the fact that nuclear weapons are the only thing that kept world war 3 from starting between the US and USSR in the 1950's? Or that they are the only thing to this day that allows the baltic republics to sleep at night knowing that russia wont steam roll them? That without them casualties in Pakistan and india would be 10's or hundreds of thousands higher? What the border war between china and russia in 1969 that never escalated becuase nukes kept them in check? Mutually assured destruction works. Nukes may well end humanity if they are ever used but so far they are a blessing. Because no matter how crazy the world leader, they dont want the world to end. That means that they dont dare go to war. Not as long as we have nukes. I'm ok with that.
GDRLouie Il y a 19 jours
Jeppe Wammen Baggesgaard
Jeppe Wammen Baggesgaard Il y a 25 jours
Vice made a video called "How to Buy Nukes on the Black Market". were Shane Smith goes to Bulgaria (a super capitalist country in south east europ) and talks to a guys selling them. mutual assured destruction is stopping goverments from dropping nuclear bombs on each others. what is stopping a school shooter from getting a really big weapon in Bulgaria? i have a hard time seeing how signing this, is making anything safer. Nice vidio tho :)
J M Il y a mois
You censor out what I say. I speak the truth. We fry out wasp nests because wasps sting our children in our schools. Japanese weren’t wasps. But wasps didn’t butcher over 30 million innocent women children babies. Japanese soldiers did. And they came from THAT nest in Hiroshima. Hiroshima was the headquarters of Japanese Southern Army. They implanted their military base amidst a city. The Japanese used their own civilians as human shields and cannon fodder. In August 1945, the Japanese still brutally enslaved almost all of Asia. We can’t let the enemy kill millions more people. Fry the nest and win the war. As simple as that. Japanese soldiers said killing my family was like killing insects. Americans returned the favor with equal disinterest when they incinerated their nests.
Schmitt Il y a 12 heures
Ah yes, the important questions
Don't kill me
Don't kill me Il y a 12 heures
Ask Hiroshima
Vladimir Lenin
Vladimir Lenin Il y a 14 heures
*Kin Jun um liked this*
Joey the jaguar
Joey the jaguar Il y a 14 heures
He said buildings would evaporate,hmmmmmm
i͓̽n͓̽f͓̽i͓̽n͓̽i͓̽t͓̽y͓̽ Ultima
{ Chernobyl as a bomb }
Alan Binglton
Alan Binglton Il y a 17 heures
And that’s why I live on the countryside cuz if there’s any nuke drop I’ll simply run away screaming like a kid.
reyhand nurcahyo
reyhand nurcahyo Il y a 18 heures
Please translate to indonesian leanguage
Charles Ferguson
Charles Ferguson Il y a 18 heures
Virtue signaling about non proliferation. Here's a hard pill to swallow, those countries who signed to not have nukes are easily subjugated by those with them. Deterrence is a real thing and saved us from ww3.
ConcaCon Il y a 18 heures
Thou shalt listen to Nastasha Romanenko.
One Two
One Two Il y a 18 heures
Instagramers would take a duck lip selfie with a nuke going off behind them if they could.
Mklord10 Il y a 18 heures
Wonder what happens when you nuke the moon with the strongest nuclear bomb ever created
ZeldaFan Il y a 18 heures
Build vaults
nerdie new
nerdie new Il y a 18 heures
MW1 flashbacks
ConcaCon Il y a 18 heures
Bye, Megaton.
One Two
One Two Il y a 19 heures
Cities are horrible, so nice to not live there.
- -
- - Il y a 23 heures
Everyone should have a nuke, nobody would attack anyone for fear of annihilation
Matthijs Noyce
Matthijs Noyce Il y a 22 heures
Until one person is stupid enough to do it anyway. North Korea has threatened the US with nuclear weapons, despite having absolute no defence against a nuclear counterattack. If everyone has nukes then the world lasts until one single asshole is crazy enough to pull the trigger. If your plan relies on all humans being intelligent, sane and rational people then your plan doesn't work.
- -
- - Il y a 23 heures
Well living near Nato headquarters will mean it is going to be quick
Chocolate Cumprimenta
Good Channel when they talk about science, but when they try polítics... 🙄🙄
Dalton Filho
Dalton Filho Il y a jour
_Nuclear weapons are about _*_YOU_* Me: _aaawwn_ *blushes*
Oh I wish I'm very close to the explosion so that I can die immediately
TT yler
TT yler Il y a jour
7,000,069th view
3D Fer
3D Fer Il y a jour
What a question, spoiler: BOOOOOMMM
TT yler
TT yler Il y a jour
If you nuke a city you would probably start a nuclear war
ChairForceOne Il y a jour
Without nuclear weapons, endless world wars would be inevitable.
Matthijs Noyce
Matthijs Noyce Il y a 22 heures
Not really? Non-nuclear missiles already make most forms of conventional warfare pointless. But at least they'd kill less civilians.
“Has there been a world war 3?” “No.” “Why?” “The second one nuclear armed nation invades another nuclear armed nation by more traditional means, ( a big aggressive force come in and takes control) the defender will lunch nuclear bombs at the attacker, and the attacker will do the same. Any ally’s of the attacker or defender may also get involved with sending bombs and getting bomb.” “And that hasn’t happened yet?” “Not yet, threat of a Nuclear war is a big deterrent for major nation to go to war with each other, I think (as long as we keep nuclear weapons) there won’t be another huge war like world war 2 because of it dos happen it would be morbidly over the top in destruction and death, also the group that wins the war might not be a vary nice group.”
Matthijs Noyce
Matthijs Noyce Il y a 22 heures
Your plan lasts until North Korea is crazy enough to fire a single weapon. Mutually Assured Destruction relies on the idea that everyone involved is sane. World War 3 hasn't happened yet, but that doesn't mean it won't.
“In 5 word or less, why don’t we get rid of nukes? “ “Nukes help prevent wars.”
MrImastinker Il y a jour
"Five years ago, I lost 30,000 men in the blink of an eye. And the world just fuckin' watched." -General Shepherd.
348joey Il y a jour
You are Israel, a nation surrounded by countries that would love nothing more than to see you and every citizen within your country absolutely destroyed. The only thing that keeps your enemies at bay is the threat of nuclear retaliation. Now Kurzgesagt says you should get rid of your weapons because, despite never having used them yet, they /might/ be used later, and anyone they're used on would suffer horribly, though this doesn't take chemical weapons, which can be just as bad, into account, and you have no reason to believe that anyone else would do the same or even just build more later, you're told that this is the only solution. What is your response? Yes, a nuke would suck; people would suffer, but they're not unique. The only response we have for it is to prevent it from happening by having weapons on both sides. Even the most radical leader won't launch a nuke if their country can be completely destroyed in response. We're not on a hair trigger anymore. It's a possibility, but unlikely.
Matthijs Noyce
Matthijs Noyce Il y a 22 heures
There are people in this world who genuinely believe the Earth is flat. One of my country's politicians has publicly stated that he doesn't believe in germs, and that diseases are caused by 'energies'. MAD only works when everyone involved is sane.
Benjiram Il y a jour
Me: watches this vid FBI: puts me on the watchlist
Tanner Murphy
Tanner Murphy Il y a jour
We shouldn’t remove all nuclear weapons they may have other uses and as strange as this sounds they have stopped many possible wars.
Tanner Murphy
Tanner Murphy Il y a jour
Something called mutually insured destruction has stopped this from happening because everyone’s scared of the same thing.
Cooked Chicken
Cooked Chicken Il y a jour
Nuclear bombs are bad, but that doesn't mean we should get rid of them. I know that there could be a chance that nuclear warfare could happen, but because of that possibility it's less likely that there will even be a world war. Fear can take over even the most powerful of governments, and so like the Cold War there might be tension, but possibly no big war. What we must do to lessen the tension is to try to make peace and not be stubborn, same goes for our enemies. But this doesn't mean we should look like the underdog, because that encourages the enemy to try to control us instead. So in summary, what we should really do is work things out with our enemies and try to control the situation. Find the solution to the problem and be mature by being the big brother.
Matthijs Noyce
Matthijs Noyce Il y a 22 heures
@Cooked Chicken 10% chance of a world war is better than 0.1% chance of a nuclear war. Because a world war would have humans still existing at the end of it. If a nuclear war started today it wouldn't just be the end of countries or cities. It would be the end of humanity, possibly the end of life itself.
Cooked Chicken
Cooked Chicken Il y a jour
Sorry if I wrote shitty.
The Zombie King
The Zombie King Il y a jour
do a video on thermalpulse im a science geek but never heard of that befo
Michael Il y a jour
Shit like this legitimately makes me want to ugly cry out of both fear and abject sadness.
Jesus Garcia
Jesus Garcia Il y a jour
"this isn't about city stacks of TNT." Minecraft Players: :(
Reality Il y a jour
What kind of music is that in the background of this video? It's really sinister and i'd like to find more.
Сергей Олейник
Что, капиталисты, боитесь? Вот, Вова гуманист уйдёт , мы вас в пепел радиоактивный закатаем.
Anmq ,
Anmq , Il y a 14 heures
Аа :d
Сергей Олейник
@Anmq , Контору не пали, я тут супостата пугаю.
Anmq ,
Anmq , Il y a 14 heures
Ага, определённо власть будет бомбить по странам, где их дети живут и учатся
Ender Il y a jour
Watch the movie 'Threads'.
Radioactive05 Il y a jour
I’m more of a visual learner
Jorge Pedro Jallo
Jorge Pedro Jallo Il y a jour
The Story of Hiroshima in a nutshell
Sean Dicitra
Sean Dicitra Il y a jour
Uh, Hiroshima happens.
Hugo Wiberg
Hugo Wiberg Il y a jour
How did the Japanese think this was a "freak" accident?
Mr. Jamster
Mr. Jamster Il y a jour
those nukes were much weaker, but if anyone realised it was an airburst it would've been more obvious. the closest recorded survivor was 180 metres from ground zero in a basement, and one third of the people inside the strong building did not die instantly, because the fireball did not hit the ground, and you could've survived in an underground bunker because no kilometre - deep crater.
Hidden Driveway
Hidden Driveway Il y a jour
Please let the city be Miami.
XS BLEIBT Il y a jour
Nechtigall Il y a jour
I hope all americans are proud of their work in hiroshima and nagasaki
Hugo Wiberg
Hugo Wiberg Il y a jour
Yeah, bc we would have had to do a ground invasion... it would make normandy look like a joke
samdaboss Gaming
samdaboss Gaming Il y a jour
Sorry it was a misclick.
Hugo Wiberg
Hugo Wiberg Il y a jour
Both of em
barbareusz Il y a jour
General Atomics PSA - Nuclear blast and you. Brought to you by our sponsor - Nuka Cola
RadoPro Il y a jour
От мертвого осла уши, а не наши ракеты. Пока они есть, вы ссытесь к нам лезть. Уберите базы со всего мира и потопите авианосцы, и тогда может поговорим.
callistria ebennon
callistria ebennon Il y a jour
Unfortunately this only works if everyone that could make nukes joins the pact and no one ever breaks the pact. Which is statistically implausible.
Kareem Cameron
Kareem Cameron Il y a jour
Why are there so many on there nuke city videos getting recommend to me?
Hugo Wiberg
Hugo Wiberg Il y a jour
Bc nukes are fun
Mikosupere Il y a jour
Timefall 5:09
Andy Sadman
Andy Sadman Il y a jour
I from Russia
Remove Random Crits
Nuclear war is a double-edged sword and a horrifiying way to suicide.The person you shoot dies and you also die for the fallout it creates.The best way is to *NEVER FUCKİNG EVER* let nuclear weapons exist in the universe.
overphoenix Il y a jour
What if a country says no
Hugo Wiberg
Hugo Wiberg Il y a jour
That's called surrender, most normal people dont do that
Iklary Il y a jour
Hah, NW is the only thing, that is keeping aggressive countries such as USA from trampling others. That's why it will always be sought upon.
Hugo Wiberg
Hugo Wiberg Il y a jour
That's called MAD, am US can confirm
Skirmish Il y a jour
Хорошая попытка сша! НО... нет... )))
Berry Il y a jour
Watch Chernobyl series on HBO it's soo Amazing Documentary about Nuclear disaster
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Alex Max
Alex Max Il y a jour
Жители Ирака, Сирии, Ливии, Афганистана... помнят тебя- американец ))
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