What if We Nuke a City?

  • Published: 13 October 2019
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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 https://www.notonukes.org to learn more about nuclear weapons and what you can do to stop them.

    • 11 11
      11 11  20 hours back

      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  7 days back

      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
      GDRLouie  3 weeks back


    • Jeppe Wammen Baggesgaard
      Jeppe Wammen Baggesgaard  4 weeks back

      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
      J M  1 months back

      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.

  • A B
    A B  57 minutes back

    I think that's a very emotional and immature way of treating the prisoner's dilemma, but since we're in an era where emotions rule I guess we can't expect better than this...

    • Trudy Sinclair
      Trudy Sinclair  1 hours back

      What type of nuke did you use for this video?

      • mikimomo97
        mikimomo97  6 hours back

        "Nuclear weapons are about you"
        Me: Youclear weapons. Nice.

        • Spada Brillante
          Spada Brillante  8 hours back

          it is very painful now that we understand how japanese people go through such catastrophe. Theye were the only people who learned the true pain of that blast that is being discussed.

          • thebluetag tagger
            thebluetag tagger  8 hours back

            Just imagine this while you're playing a nuclear war game

            • Samuel McGregor
              Samuel McGregor  8 hours back

              Unfortunately, nuclear deterrence is a proven theory, backed by the experience of the cold war. It is due in large part to the fear of using these weapons that no major 3rd world war broke out between the free and communist nations of the world. The common analogy is the Mexican standoff: if everyone moves slowly and is transparent with what they are doing, the guns can slowly be holstered again. Because of this, nuclear weapons are most dangerous when they aren't being used, when the sword is in its scabbard.

              • Shemiah Barsabal
                Shemiah Barsabal  13 hours back

                happend in 1945 in japan

                hiroshima and nagasaki

                • Manny Rodas
                  Manny Rodas  14 hours back

                  This video made me sad 😞

                  • Australian Survivalist
                    Australian Survivalist  14 hours back

                    Kurzgesagt: What if we nuked a city?

                    U.S. oh I've seen this video live.

                    • GD Reaper
                      GD Reaper  15 hours back

                      It explodes

                      • Schmitt
                        Schmitt  19 hours back

                        Ah yes, the important questions

                        • Don't kill me
                          Don't kill me  20 hours back

                          Ask Hiroshima

                          • Vladimir Lenin
                            Vladimir Lenin  21 hours back

                            *Kin Jun um liked this*

                            • Joey the jaguar
                              Joey the jaguar  21 hours back

                              He said buildings would evaporate,hmmmmmm

                              • i͓̽n͓̽f͓̽i͓̽n͓̽i͓̽t͓̽y͓̽ Ultima

                                { Chernobyl as a bomb }

                                • Alan Binglton
                                  Alan Binglton  1 days back

                                  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  1 days back

                                    Please translate to indonesian leanguage

                                    • Charles Ferguson
                                      Charles Ferguson  1 days back

                                      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
                                        ConcaCon  1 days back

                                        Thou shalt listen to Nastasha Romanenko.

                                        • One Two
                                          One Two  1 days back

                                          Instagramers would take a duck lip selfie with a nuke going off behind them if they could.

                                          • Mklord10
                                            Mklord10  1 days back

                                            Wonder what happens when you nuke the moon with the strongest nuclear bomb ever created

                                            • ZeldaFan
                                              ZeldaFan  1 days back

                                              Build vaults

                                              • nerdie new
                                                nerdie new  1 days back

                                                MW1 flashbacks

                                                • ConcaCon
                                                  ConcaCon  1 days back

                                                  Bye, Megaton.

                                                  • One Two
                                                    One Two  1 days back

                                                    Cities are horrible, so nice to not live there.

                                                    • - -
                                                      - -  1 days back

                                                      Everyone should have a nuke, nobody would attack anyone for fear of annihilation

                                                      • Matthijs Noyce
                                                        Matthijs Noyce  1 days back

                                                        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.

                                                    • - -
                                                      - -  1 days back

                                                      Well living near Nato headquarters will mean it is going to be quick

                                                      • Chocolate Cumprimenta
                                                        Chocolate Cumprimenta  1 days back

                                                        Good Channel when they talk about science, but when they try polítics... 🙄🙄

                                                        • Dalton Filho
                                                          Dalton Filho  1 days back

                                                          _Nuclear weapons are about _*_YOU_*
                                                          Me: _aaawwn_ *blushes*

                                                          • 으아아아아아아아아아

                                                            Oh I wish I'm very close to the explosion so that I can die immediately

                                                            • TT yler
                                                              TT yler  1 days back

                                                              7,000,069th view

                                                              • 3D Fer
                                                                3D Fer  1 days back

                                                                What a question, spoiler: BOOOOOMMM

                                                                • TT yler
                                                                  TT yler  1 days back

                                                                  If you nuke a city you would probably start a nuclear war

                                                                  • ChairForceOne
                                                                    ChairForceOne  2 days back

                                                                    Without nuclear weapons, endless world wars would be inevitable.

                                                                    • Matthijs Noyce
                                                                      Matthijs Noyce  1 days back

                                                                      Not really? Non-nuclear missiles already make most forms of conventional warfare pointless. But at least they'd kill less civilians.

                                                                  • THE EMPEROR OF MANKIND

                                                                    “Has there been a world war 3?”



                                                                    “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  1 days back

                                                                      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.

                                                                    • THE EMPEROR OF MANKIND
                                                                      THE EMPEROR OF MANKIND  2 days back

                                                                      “In 5 word or less, why don’t we get rid of nukes? “

                                                                      “Nukes help prevent wars.”

                                                                  • MrImastinker
                                                                    MrImastinker  2 days back

                                                                    "Five years ago, I lost 30,000 men in the blink of an eye.
                                                                    And the world just fuckin' watched."

                                                                    -General Shepherd.

                                                                    • 348joey
                                                                      348joey  2 days back

                                                                      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  1 days back

                                                                        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
                                                                      Benjiram  2 days back

                                                                      Me: watches this vid

                                                                      FBI: puts me on the watchlist

                                                                      • Tanner Murphy
                                                                        Tanner Murphy  2 days back

                                                                        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  2 days back

                                                                          Something called mutually insured destruction has stopped this from happening because everyone’s scared of the same thing.

                                                                          • Cooked Chicken
                                                                            Cooked Chicken  2 days back

                                                                            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  1 days back

                                                                              @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  2 days back

                                                                              Sorry if I wrote shitty.

                                                                          • The Zombie King
                                                                            The Zombie King  2 days back

                                                                            do a video on thermalpulse im a science geek but never heard of that befo

                                                                            • Michael
                                                                              Michael  2 days back

                                                                              Shit like this legitimately makes me want to ugly cry out of both fear and abject sadness.

                                                                              • Jesus Garcia
                                                                                Jesus Garcia  2 days back

                                                                                "this isn't about city stacks of TNT."
                                                                                Minecraft Players: :(

                                                                                • Reality
                                                                                  Reality  2 days back

                                                                                  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 ,  21 hours back

                                                                                      Аа :d

                                                                                    • Сергей Олейник
                                                                                      Сергей Олейник  21 hours back

                                                                                      @Anmq , Контору не пали, я тут супостата пугаю.

                                                                                    • Anmq ,
                                                                                      Anmq ,  22 hours back

                                                                                      Ага, определённо власть будет бомбить по странам, где их дети живут и учатся