# 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 bombsWhat if we made a big pile of bombsand 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 sourceStrangely enough, we couldn’t find a good sourceto 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 areasOn Earth, there are about 4,500 cities or urban areaswith 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.Our warheads, piled haphazardly,
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 destroyedand the surrounding archipelago, was destroyedkilling 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 acrossa small crater — about ten kilometers acrossis 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.Extremely radioactive material
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.The amount of radioactive material
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 winterand cause a nuclear winterthat 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 bellThe Earth’s crust rings like a bellstruck 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 skyare cast into the atmosphere, darting the skyand 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.Videos like this one take
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illustration and animation,
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illustration and animation,
sound design and fact-checking.sound design and fact-checking.For this video, we put a lot
of extra work into our sources document.
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## 100 thoughts on “What If We Detonated All Nuclear Bombs at Once?”

1. Alvaro Azizi says:

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

2. RapidHmsta 6241 says:

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

3. MatausOliver241 says:

I'm live in Brazil

4. Alien From Unknown Planet says:

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

5. もちもちYUKI says:

日本じぃぃぃぃぃぃぃぃんッ!!!!!!!

6. Ayu A Istiqomah says:

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

7. CalmManiX GMD says:

boom boom

8. The raging War Cat says:

This video predicted the amazon rainforest wildfire

9. Erkan Kemal says:

6:03 Fallout easter egg

10. 이영주 says:

Amazonians: wait, don't kill us!

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

11. GamingWithJon TV says:

Who else came here because of The 100?

12. idiot noob says:

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

13. Milktraap says:

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

14. Devon LeClair says:

15. EJ Marcelo says:

Welp The Amazon is Burning Right Now

16. Rylan Meyer says:

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

17. Migitri says:

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

18. 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

19. ToxicHamster YT says:

Me: DEFCON 1

20. mitä äijä says:

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

21. wireless fall79 says:

3:11 he predicted the future of the amazon rainforest

22. Sherwin Vincent says:

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

23. Lucario Mega says:

And now Amazon on fireeeeee!!!

24. 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.

25. Pierre Jonquères says:

7:20
Dat ass ! <3

26. Moha Jordan says:

and 4 months later the Amazon is on fire

27. ilyasse amari says:

This video is brought you by vault tec

28. Alan Q. Wake says:

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

29. Yaume Lepire says:

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

30. Insertnamehere says:

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

31. dark phionex says:

Good work

32. andiiscavver 80 says:

All easter eggs:
Vault
Power armor

33. Dom306 says:

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

34. AKA 234 says:

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

35. Aob 3n says:

We found how the Amazon rainforest burned 🙂

36. ghsjshagusb shshshhhs says:

Yooo!!! They predicted the Amazon fire

37. Vortex says:

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

38. Gunplay_123 says:

That amazon rainforest comment didn't age well

39. 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

40. Booming EVILS says:

🅱️oi this vid burned my eyes

41. Forceuser5 says:

The first explosion wis solve global warming and overpopulation

42. MaxArceus says:

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

43. MediocreCake says:

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

44. Rachel Street says:

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

45. Omega 7 says:

Que crazy y casualidad jajaja, el Amazonas arde hoy

46. Hmm says:

Meanwhile in the Amazon….

47. Jack Rose says:

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

48. Akshay Seth says:

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

49. Personthat exists says:

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

50. 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

51. G DEV says:

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

52. VuuEn says:

Hangi aptal türkçe altyazıyı yaptı

53. DukkulanMarshal says:

i think they did this already

54. DukkulanMarshal says:

6:50 lol t60

55. War Machine says:

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

56. Quy Le says:

Don’t give Trump any ideas.

57. 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"

58. arash jooya says:

Also we've found Thanos's weakness

59. Niko Lindroos says:

did you do it? amazon is on fire atm

60. Heitor Diogo Braga says:

Quem mais é brasileiro?

61. Carlos Carballo says:

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

62. 쁍삡 says:

3:08 it actually happening

63. 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?

64. Dio Brando says:

Every kurzgesagt video: EVERYBODY DIES

65. y3553n19 says:

6:02 fallout

66. Star Shopping says:

1:40 lmfao instead of that sign says "Under Construction" it says "Under Destruction"

67. ElloTrix says:

Is there any other possibility to make something similar as the atomic winter but without blowing up all our atomic bombs.?

Because I think that this is what our earth needs to regenerate.

68. kaisersalt says:

oh boy this video didnt age well

69. X-games Legend Player says:

Well, Amazon is already burning. No nuclear bombs required ;-;

70. Đức Nguyễn says:

Great video. Is it possible to do an estimated damage if the current 15000 warheads are equally spread around the world ? ( Or better, equally spread where humans are ?)

71. MUZLU POP KEK says:

Turkce altyazının amk

72. Rick Chuang says:

"Amazon … just to show them who's boss … " hearing that line right now when the Amazon is actually burning ~

73. Jack Carlson says:

The rainforest already caught fire before we could blow it up

74. CrispyStudios says:

“…in the middle of the Amazon Rainforest”

🤷‍♂️

75. Acha Erlangga says:

What really happened in Dr.Stone

76. EnvyInspired says:

This is why the amazon is on fire right now

77. sdo sdo says:

Seems like nukes wasn't necessary to burn down the Amazonian rainforest…

78. Benjamin Kennedy says:

this is ironic the amazon is on fire rn lol

79. Тимур Павлюк says:

80. cheter says:

Kurzgesagt predicted the amazon rainforest fire

81. Rakshita Chahande says:

Great….

volcanos starts the doms day nuclears will fill in the blank and black holes will eat everything out

83. Weißbrot Waigmann says:

Metro_irl

84. SubscribeToPewdiepie says:

This is how you mine bedrock

85. Expander says:

No one:
Kurzgesagt: What if we murder everyone?

86. Xcfly gaming says:

There idiots man ur gonna end up putting something in the atmosphere and where all gonna die

87. cjcjjchcncjcbcnxnjxnxnmdmdnd jdishchcshicih says:

So thats how the amazon rainforest caught on fire 🔥 🔥 🌲

88. Annor gothica says:

..kinda..kinda sucks that the amazon is actualy burning now..

89. IPVG Leap says:

Omg it can solve global warming

90. Amihan A.M. says:

what if they all exploded in the mariana trench?

91. HR Plays Terraria says:

This is the cause of the Amazon Rainforest burn

92. Sir meows a Lot says:

Why the heck would anyone do that…

93. vbcr says:

Also , if there are calculations for using these resources for sustainability of life.

94. Love Cervere says:

Exterminatus

Why are we talking about bombing the earth….we’re not going to do it…are we

96. Who That Boy says:

Nuclear Bombs don’t exist. It’s just used as leverage and for the masses to be scared.

97. Joy Chakravarty says:

Funny watching thus now with Amazon fires

98. 烏墨蘭 says:

我覺得人類真的會願意把所有的鈾做成核彈頭，只為了要殺人

99. Defalt says:

It's so ironic that now the Amazon Rainforest is burning, and it was mentioned as a theoric thought. And no one (mr. president, specially) has done every thing.

100. Fragmentation123 says:

loved the fallout references