# What If We Detonated All Nuclear Bombs at Once?

Many of our viewers have asked us
a very serious question:

Many of our viewers have asked us
a very serious question:

What if we made a big pile of bombs
What if we made a big pile of bombs
and exploded every nuclear weapon
in the world all at once?

and exploded every nuclear weapon
in the world all at once?

Strangely enough, we couldn’t find a good source
Strangely enough, we couldn’t find a good source
to answer this question to our satisfaction.
to answer this question to our satisfaction.
So, we gathered together a few scientists
to calculate what would happen.

So, we gathered together a few scientists
to calculate what would happen.

And find an answer to this extremely
important scientific problem,

And find an answer to this extremely
important scientific problem,

once and for all.
once and for all.
Currently, there are 15,000 nuclear weapons on Earth.
Currently, there are 15,000 nuclear weapons on Earth.
The US and Russia both have around 7,000,
The US and Russia both have around 7,000,
while France, China, the UK,
Pakistan, India, Israel, and North Korea

while France, China, the UK,
Pakistan, India, Israel, and North Korea

own around 1,000 between them.
own around 1,000 between them.
But, how much destructive power is this really?
But, how much destructive power is this really?
Let’s try to put these numbers into perspective.
Let’s try to put these numbers into perspective.
On Earth, there are about 4,500 cities or urban areas
On Earth, there are about 4,500 cities or urban areas
with at least 100,000 inhabitants.
with at least 100,000 inhabitants.
Some are bigger than others,
so we’ll assume that on average,

Some are bigger than others,
so we’ll assume that on average,

we need three nuclear bombs to completely wipe out one city.
we need three nuclear bombs to completely wipe out one city.
This means we could destroy
every single city on planet Earth,

This means we could destroy
every single city on planet Earth,

with our nuclear arsenal,
with our nuclear arsenal,
killing more than three billion people
— roughly half of humanity

killing more than three billion people
— roughly half of humanity

in an instant.
in an instant.
And, we’d still have 1,500 nuclear weapons left.
And, we’d still have 1,500 nuclear weapons left.
Now that’s what an expert would call, “overkill.”
Now that’s what an expert would call, “overkill.”
So, we can say with confidence,
that we have a lot of nuclear weapons

So, we can say with confidence,
that we have a lot of nuclear weapons

and they can do a lot of damage.
and they can do a lot of damage.
But, what if we make a huge pile
of all 15,000 bombs and pull the trigger?

But, what if we make a huge pile
of all 15,000 bombs and pull the trigger?

Let’s drop our nuclear pile in the middle of the Amazon rainforest;
Let’s drop our nuclear pile in the middle of the Amazon rainforest;
just a show nature who’s boss.
just a show nature who’s boss.
fit into a small warehouse.

fit into a small warehouse.

A typical US warhead has the power
of two hundred thousand tons of TNT.

A typical US warhead has the power
of two hundred thousand tons of TNT.

So, fifteen thousand warheads would be
the equivalent of three billion tons of TNT.

So, fifteen thousand warheads would be
the equivalent of three billion tons of TNT.

For scale, this is enough
to rebuild the whole island of Manhattan

For scale, this is enough
to rebuild the whole island of Manhattan

with every building and skyscraper using stacks of TNT.
with every building and skyscraper using stacks of TNT.
The closest thing we can compare
to the energy gathered here, is a volcano.

The closest thing we can compare
to the energy gathered here, is a volcano.

One of the deadliest volcanic eruptions
in recorded history took place in 1883,

One of the deadliest volcanic eruptions
in recorded history took place in 1883,

on the island of Krakatoa.
on the island of Krakatoa.
The eruption was so powerful, that 70% of the island,
The eruption was so powerful, that 70% of the island,
and the surrounding archipelago, was destroyed
and the surrounding archipelago, was destroyed
killing tens of thousands of people.
killing tens of thousands of people.
Its effects were felt around
the world for days after the event.

Its effects were felt around
the world for days after the event.

Our nuclear pile contains 15 times
the energy of the Krakatoa volcanic eruption.

Our nuclear pile contains 15 times
the energy of the Krakatoa volcanic eruption.

So, let’s finally push the button.
So, let’s finally push the button.
Three,
Three,
two,
two,
one.
one.
In a second,
In a second,
a fireball 50 kilometers across
vaporizes everything in its way,

a fireball 50 kilometers across
vaporizes everything in its way,

and creates a blast wave that flattens
3,000 square kilometers of forest.

and creates a blast wave that flattens
3,000 square kilometers of forest.

Every living thing within
250 kilometers will start to burn.

Every living thing within
250 kilometers will start to burn.

The explosion will be heard literally around the world,
The explosion will be heard literally around the world,
as the pressure wave circles the Earth
tens of times over the next few weeks.

as the pressure wave circles the Earth
tens of times over the next few weeks.

Millions of tons of incinerated material
are catapulted into the atmosphere.

Millions of tons of incinerated material
are catapulted into the atmosphere.

The mushroom cloud reaches
the outer reaches of the stratosphere,

The mushroom cloud reaches
the outer reaches of the stratosphere,

pushing up against space itself.
pushing up against space itself.
After things have calmed down,
After things have calmed down,
a small crater — about ten kilometers across
a small crater — about ten kilometers across
is left in the center of the worst
world fires the planet has seen in millennia,

is left in the center of the worst
world fires the planet has seen in millennia,

burning down forests and cities alike.

burning down forests and cities alike.

And, now, the unpleasant part begins.
And, now, the unpleasant part begins.
will kill living things very quickly,

will kill living things very quickly,

and a large area several kilometers
around the crater is now uninhabitable,

and a large area several kilometers
around the crater is now uninhabitable,

as is everywhere for hundreds of kilometers downwind.
as is everywhere for hundreds of kilometers downwind.
Much of the fallout is carried high
into the atmosphere by the mushroom cloud

Much of the fallout is carried high
into the atmosphere by the mushroom cloud

and carried around the planet.
and carried around the planet.
in the environment doubles worldwide,

in the environment doubles worldwide,

which still isn’t civilization-ending,
but we may see more cancer for a while.

which still isn’t civilization-ending,
but we may see more cancer for a while.

A portion of the particles will flow
to the edge of space for years

A portion of the particles will flow
to the edge of space for years

and cause a nuclear winter
and cause a nuclear winter
that could lower global temperatures
by a few degrees for a few years.

that could lower global temperatures
by a few degrees for a few years.

This explosion was pretty bad if
you’re in South America, and especially Brazil.

This explosion was pretty bad if
you’re in South America, and especially Brazil.

The Amazon rainforest is pretty much history, which is not great.
The Amazon rainforest is pretty much history, which is not great.
But, human life will go on.
But, human life will go on.
OK, but what if we explode more nuclear weapons?
OK, but what if we explode more nuclear weapons?
Let’s suppose humanity decided
to mine every bit of uranium on Earth

Let’s suppose humanity decided
to mine every bit of uranium on Earth

and build as many nuclear bombs as possible.
and build as many nuclear bombs as possible.
At current usage,
At current usage,
it’s estimated that there are around
35 million tons of uranium in Earth’s crust;

it’s estimated that there are around
35 million tons of uranium in Earth’s crust;

enough to power human civilization for over 2,000 years,
enough to power human civilization for over 2,000 years,
or to build millions of nuclear warheads.
or to build millions of nuclear warheads.
For the sake of argument,
For the sake of argument,
let’s say we create a pile
with the yield of 10 billion Hiroshima bombs,

let’s say we create a pile
with the yield of 10 billion Hiroshima bombs,

which makes up a cube three kilometers high
that contains roughly the energy

which makes up a cube three kilometers high
that contains roughly the energy

of the asteroid impact that ended
the age of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago.

of the asteroid impact that ended
the age of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago.

Except, it’s also nuclear.
Except, it’s also nuclear.
Three,
Three,
two,
two,
one.
one.
Our pile explodes in a fireball
stretching so high into the sky

Our pile explodes in a fireball
stretching so high into the sky

that it’s visible from half of South America,
that it’s visible from half of South America,
with so much power that
the ground just splashes like water

with so much power that
the ground just splashes like water

forming a crater 100 kilometers across.
forming a crater 100 kilometers across.
Bedrock on the scale of whole mountain ranges
is vaporized in an instant,

Bedrock on the scale of whole mountain ranges
is vaporized in an instant,

while thousands of tons of material
is catapulted away with such speed,

while thousands of tons of material
is catapulted away with such speed,

that it’s ejected into space.
that it’s ejected into space.
Some leaves Earth forever,
Some leaves Earth forever,
while most of it comes raining down
as hot, burning debris

while most of it comes raining down
as hot, burning debris

that heats up the atmosphere
to oven-like temperatures,

that heats up the atmosphere
to oven-like temperatures,

killing most big animals
and causing fire storms all over the world.

killing most big animals
and causing fire storms all over the world.

The Earth’s crust rings like a bell
The Earth’s crust rings like a bell
struck by global earthquakes
stronger than anything in recorded history,

struck by global earthquakes
stronger than anything in recorded history,

decimating cities around the world,
decimating cities around the world,
while hurricane-force winds flatten
every single tree in South America,

while hurricane-force winds flatten
every single tree in South America,

and wildfires consume the continent.
and wildfires consume the continent.
The abundance of hydrocarbons
in the Amazon burn to form ash,

The abundance of hydrocarbons
in the Amazon burn to form ash,

are cast into the atmosphere, darting the sky
are cast into the atmosphere, darting the sky
and keeping sunlight from reaching the surface,
and keeping sunlight from reaching the surface,
dropping temperatures to near freezing worldwide.
dropping temperatures to near freezing worldwide.
The ensuing global winter may last for decades,
The ensuing global winter may last for decades,
and results in the extinction
of every large animal species, humans included.

and results in the extinction
of every large animal species, humans included.

We could also mention that every corner
of the planet is covered with radioactive fallout,

We could also mention that every corner
of the planet is covered with radioactive fallout,

but at this point, it doesn’t matter that much anymore.
but at this point, it doesn’t matter that much anymore.
This is humanity’s extinction event.
This is humanity’s extinction event.
The astronauts aboard the International Space Station
get to enjoy a great view for a while,

The astronauts aboard the International Space Station
get to enjoy a great view for a while,

but it’s not unlikely that the spray
of rocks blast into orbit will destroy the Station.

but it’s not unlikely that the spray
of rocks blast into orbit will destroy the Station.

Those lucky enough to be in bunkers,
or in submarines deep below the ocean surface,

Those lucky enough to be in bunkers,
or in submarines deep below the ocean surface,

may survive the longest
before they exhaust their food supplies,

may survive the longest
before they exhaust their food supplies,

and have to venture out for more.
and have to venture out for more.
They’ll find the world a

They’ll find the world a

The planet, itself, doesn’t care at all.
The planet, itself, doesn’t care at all.
After just a few million years,
the wounds of the explosions have healed

After just a few million years,
the wounds of the explosions have healed

and life is thriving,
and life is thriving,
arguably even more so
than when humans were around.

arguably even more so
than when humans were around.

If intelligent life emerges again,
it might be able to work out what happened.

If intelligent life emerges again,
it might be able to work out what happened.

When they study geology,
they’ll find a bizarre and very thin layer of rock

When they study geology,
they’ll find a bizarre and very thin layer of rock

covering the entire world,
enriched in radioactive elements like uranium,

covering the entire world,
enriched in radioactive elements like uranium,

and the other nasty things it decays to,
and the other nasty things it decays to,
mixed with rare earth metals
and plastics that humans used.

mixed with rare earth metals
and plastics that humans used.

They would probably be very, very confused.
They would probably be very, very confused.
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## 100 thoughts to “What If We Detonated All Nuclear Bombs at Once?”

1. rohit sharma says:

Who came here after watching Secret games ? 😄

So, i think i found out why the amazon is on fire, not pointing fingers but… Y'Kno…

Human:hello is it good today look at the sun!

human2:well b*tch be readddy because im about to destroy bed with the power of mine end you!

human1: …. wh do u do weed?

4. Minh Nguyen says:

Wtf

5. Minh Nguyen says:

Are you sure

6. Minh Nguyen says:

WTF

7. Minh Nguyen says:

8. Minh Nguyen says:

I also know about uranium and plutonium

9. Parak Crizaldo says:

Its happened recently in amazon rainforest, not explosion, but forest fire. 🙁

10. Minh Nguyen says:

Are you sure for this I know lots about nuclear things you know

11. Geve Leve says:

:'(

12. John Joachim says:

Amazon Rain Forest is Burning as we watch this video.

1 like = 10000 Prayer for Amazon

13. Snovaltica says:

Does the wild fire spread to Central America?

14. CommandoDude says:

This video is just patently false. Nuclear winter is a thought experiment. It's never been supported by real evidence and makes all kinds of assumptions to make it possible (like assuming HUGE amounts of dust will rise into the atmosphere from firestorms, firestorms caused by…cities made of concrete burning down?).

15. Marwan El Kamili says:

Are you fucking kidding me?
*Amazonia is on fire!
* Russia dropped a nuclear bomb 3 weeks ago
… WTF

16. Ruben Manuel says:

Imagine this: A mouse build a mousetrap.

Now change the mouse into mankind.

17. Jayden Li Ting says:

1:32 Let's drop our pile of nukes in the middle of the Amazon Rainforest just to show nature whose boss. Brazil prime minister: Who needs that when you got FIRE

18. Machas Animations says:

Go creative mode

19. Emil Jacobsson says:

HA, bird butt

20. Seedanie Vinod says:

Uuuh that will we Dooms day

21. January 1 9 9 5 says:

1:33
Kurzgesagt: let’s drop our nuclear bombs in the middle of the Amazon Rainforest just to show nature who’s boss

In August 2019: amazon rainforest is burning

22. wizzzer1337 says:

Maybe we should nuke the Amazon rainforest fire to put out the fire epicenter?

23. Jyoti Studio says:

This is not in hindi

24. agroeconomist 77 says:

Don't give Trump any ideas

25. WheelTheWrench says:

I'm loving these animations, especially with the explosions.

1:34 environmentalists got triggered

27. lens 90 says:

Thanos is looking for your location

28. RyanRising says:

1:54, that should have been “Blamhattan”

29. Malwhere /ΜΔΙωηΣΓΞ says:

3:58 – The Amazon Rainforest is pretty much history

30. Francisco Carrillo says:

Earth just needs to block

31. Thony Vasquez says:

Amazon fire prediction !?

32. Amit Tare says:

Topic/question for you. What would happen if planet Earth switches to renewable energy sources? How would the life be on earth? Economy wise and otherwise?

33. Murilo Vidal says:

These days with all the noise about the Amazon fires, this video seems eerily foreboding.

34. Wej says:

jair bolsonaro breathes heavily

35. VictorosoRicky says:

6:03 thx for the fallout reference

36. NATION MEME says:

3:41 as you can see we not need to simulate when it's burn in amazon

37. Alvaro Azizi says:

3:15 I am from August 2019, most of the amazon is already on fire

38. RapidHmsta 6241 says:

Kurgesagt: Bedrock vaporized at an instant.
Me: Impossible…

39. MatausOliver241 says:

I'm live in Brazil

40. Alien From Unknown Planet says:

USA: I Have One of the best nukes in the world
North Korea: hold my nuke

41. もちもちYUKI says:

日本じぃぃぃぃぃぃぃぃんッ!!!!!!!

42. Ayu A Istiqomah says:

How does Earth 🌍 look like when we put All Nuclear Bomb in Antarctica (The coldest place on earth) ?????

43. CalmManiX GMD says:

boom boom

44. The raging War Cat says:

This video predicted the amazon rainforest wildfire

45. Erkan Kemal says:

6:03 Fallout easter egg

46. 이영주 says:

Amazonians: wait, don't kill us!

Kurzgesagt: how bout i do, A N Y W A Y

47. GamingWithJon TV says:

Who else came here because of The 100?

48. idiot noob says:

Simple, the world would end or the apocalypse will start.

49. Milktraap says:

1:31 that comment about the amazon rainforest ages extremely well

50. Devon LeClair says:

51. EJ Marcelo says:

Welp The Amazon is Burning Right Now

52. Rylan Meyer says:

What if all of the bombs were tzar bombs? And in the marina trench?

53. Migitri says:

A strange game. The only winning move is not to play.

54. Its ya boi Alu says:

"Lets drop our nuclear pile in the middle of the Amazon Rainforest, just to show nature whos boss"

Man this did not age well

55. ToxicHamster YT says:

Me: DEFCON 1

56. mitä äijä says:

so sad that a nuclear war destroys both sides and the neutral countries too..

57. wireless fall79 says:

3:11 he predicted the future of the amazon rainforest

58. SFM zero says:

Burning the rainforest but with nuclear weapons? Bolsonaro approves

59. Sherwin Vincent says:

What do you know, the Great Filter was apparently not blasting all the nuclear weapons at once…

60. Lucario Mega says:

And now Amazon on fireeeeee!!!

61. ZSparkonequus says:

This is one of the most amazing Kurzgesagt videos ever. Everything about this video from animation to music, narration, etc is just simply perfect.

62. Pierre Jonquères says:

7:20
Dat ass ! <3

63. Moha Jordan says:

and 4 months later the Amazon is on fire

64. ilyasse amari says:

This video is brought you by vault tec

65. Alan Q. Wake says:

4:28 '…enough to power cities for millennia to come. Or blow everything up' lmao Sounds legit.

66. Yaume Lepire says:

I think this video counts as an experience of the Sublime…

67. Insertnamehere says:

"They would probably be very, very confused." let's do it just to fuck with them lmao.

68. dark phionex says:

Good work

69. andiiscavver 80 says:

All easter eggs:
Vault
Power armor

70. Dom306 says:

1:32 "lets drop our nuclear pile in the middle of the Amazon rainforest" well now its on fire

71. AKA 234 says:

why are there nuke's i hate nuke's! D:<

72. Aob 3n says:

We found how the Amazon rainforest burned 🙂

73. ghsjshagusb shshshhhs says:

Yooo!!! They predicted the Amazon fire

74. Vortex says:

Everyone: lets blow up the earth!
Bomb explodes and kills almost everything.
Bob: why we do that again?

75. Gunplay_123 says:

That amazon rainforest comment didn't age well

76. The Demonforce Operation says:

"let's drop our pile in the middle of the Amazon Rainforest, just to show nature who's boss" this did not age well

77. Booming EVILS says:

🅱️oi this vid burned my eyes

78. Forceuser5 says:

The first explosion wis solve global warming and overpopulation

79. MaxArceus says:

Why did you guys turn this into a real thing? Now the forest's burning up…

80. MediocreCake says:

Brazil we didn't mean "let's show nature who's boss" literally

81. Rachel Street says:

The whole world will get destroyed if we exploded all the nuclear bombs

82. Omega 7 says:

Que crazy y casualidad jajaja, el Amazonas arde hoy

83. Hmm says:

Meanwhile in the Amazon….

84. Jack Rose says:

Dropping them in these scenes maaaaaay start a full blown catastrophe.

85. Akshay Seth says:

I thought it would rip the earth into pieces and affect the orbital pathways of other planets as well

86. Personthat exists says:

Kurzgesagt :- nukes in Amazon rain forest.
Great fire of Amazon!!!
Coincidence ?
I don't think so…

87. carlo rondinini says:

Secondo me questo qui non sa neanche quanto sia potente anche solo la più debole bomba atomica al mondo anche quella di Hiroshima che aveva 20 kill toni ha distrutto una città da 100.000 persone uccidendo all'istante 80.000 (e ne aveva soltanto 20 di kill toni) figuriamoci una da 200.000 di killotoni che è la potenza di una bomba atomica normalissima cosa potrebbe fare

88. G DEV says:

the ''wipe out humanity'' is straight up not true

89. VuuEn says:

Hangi aptal türkçe altyazıyı yaptı

90. DukkulanMarshal says:

i think they did this already

91. DukkulanMarshal says:

6:50 lol t60

92. War Machine says:

I always knew the birds would be the end of us ALL!!!

93. Quy Le says:

Don’t give Trump any ideas.

94. arash jooya says:

Aliens: "what on Aliens " they find uranium "what's this " they study it and find out what happened " so they wanted to know what would happen and find out " they are stew-Pid"

95. arash jooya says:

Also we've found Thanos's weakness

96. Niko Lindroos says:

did you do it? amazon is on fire atm

97. Heitor Diogo Braga says:

Quem mais é brasileiro?

98. Carlos Carballo says:

Is South America on fire?
Yes.. But it could be more on fire.

99. 쁍삡 says:

3:08 it actually happening

100. PapaSteel says:

Am I finding this strange, that this Channel predicted Amazon Forest burning?
Are we dealing here with "what predicted" shit like in Simpson?