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.

    • GDRLouie
      GDRLouie  2 weeks back


    • Jeppe Wammen Baggesgaard
      Jeppe Wammen Baggesgaard  3 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.

    • Meop79
      Meop79  1 months back

      You missed the real ultimate consequences... that city was surrounded by three nuclear power plants and each of them and all of their spent fuel pools are now in full meltdown sending up enormous clouds of radiation throughout the entire world...

    • The Two Garcia’s
      The Two Garcia’s  1 months back

      @o oof no..

  • Michael Marshall
    Michael Marshall  3 minutes back


    • dat_gaming49 roblox
      dat_gaming49 roblox  20 minutes back

      Dropping a bomb at hiroshima

      • Murilo Humberto
        Murilo Humberto  51 minutes back


        • Oscar The Hunter
          Oscar The Hunter  58 minutes back

          Please stop making nuclear product and stand a part of the safe side. Remember, you are human, and so are everyone are having equal roles to be around with a good times and bad times, but this is a serious disaster if this happens one day, everyone will be disappear and so are yourself will only make depression but with a delusional fun.

          • - Arka
            - Arka  1 hours back

            Deleting nuclear weapons is the worst idea.

            • Galileeo
              Galileeo  2 hours back

              no one:
              america: *what if we nuke a city*

              • ኢትዮጵያ ሀገሬ

                life is short we are going to die one way or the other, but this is a horror if it happen. the fact is it will happen but it just a matter of time. The world we live in is full of wickedness and cruelty; some day it will reach the highest of all cruelties. We have to repent and turn from our sin including me a wicked sinner before a nuclear or natural death occur

                • Lion Gl
                  Lion Gl  4 hours back


                  • DANKY GOOSE
                    DANKY GOOSE  5 hours back

                    How about this. Right so take the biggest recorded explosion known to man kind VS taking the energy of our known universe balling it up and exploding it. And how would our universe bomb fair with the big bang ?
                    Please share if you wanna see this too.

                    • Omar Saad
                      Omar Saad  6 hours back

                      Go explain that to CNN who wants us to fight the Russian for a lost election

                      • lost inside
                        lost inside  7 hours back

                        Kurzgesagt: bomb bad
                        also Kurzgesagt: what happens when we blow up all the bombs in the world

                        • Rational Atheist
                          Rational Atheist  7 hours back

                          Surviving the nuclear disaster as paralyzed for lifetime is more painfull than death. A living hell.

                          • kcwflare
                            kcwflare  8 hours back

                            but what if an extraterrestrial threat appears I a couple billion years amd is hostile we need to ask questions people however use of the weapons on civilisations is immorale and wrong they could be used in sciences

                            • SmokeyOwOs
                              SmokeyOwOs  8 hours back

                              Modern Warfare 1

                              • Juan Delacruz
                                Juan Delacruz  9 hours back

                                *China will the reason of world war 3 due to bulying small country and tolerate russia.*

                                • iamlsusam
                                  iamlsusam  9 hours back

                                  You should realize nuclear weapons have through deterrence actually prevented war and paradoxically saves millions of lives.

                                  • Aynara Altamirano
                                    Aynara Altamirano  9 hours back

                                    this made me cry

                                    • Juan Delacruz
                                      Juan Delacruz  9 hours back

                                      *if world war 3 happened avoid city and bridge that is the first target of enemy..*

                                      • iamlsusam
                                        iamlsusam  9 hours back

                                        We did nuke two cities, heroshqma and Nagasaki!

                                        • Jason Markle
                                          Jason Markle  10 hours back

                                          Me when I fart

                                          • Gary Goblin
                                            Gary Goblin  11 hours back

                                            Now I finally know what happens in every fallout game

                                            • Nick
                                              Nick  11 hours back

                                              This is what happened to raccoon city in resident evil.

                                              • nacoran
                                                nacoran  11 hours back

                                                The question then becomes, 'What is the deterrent factor with nuclear weapons vs. what is the risk of them actually being used?' That's some hard math. As horrific as nuclear weapons are conventional war has killed far more people than nuclear weapons over the last century, but we somehow got through the Cold War without a direct and prolonged war between nations with nuclear weapons, and at least one nation that gave up their nuclear weapons, despite promises of protection from the U.S., has been invaded by a neighbor.

                                                All war is horrific, and I'm not even saying that there is no such thing as a just war. The idea that tyrants can rule indefinitely without their people being able to overthrow them is horrific too. I think Kurzgesagt has done a good job of laying out the horrors of nuclear war, but that is only part of the argument.

                                                • WILL -I-AMZ
                                                  WILL -I-AMZ  11 hours back

                                                  Don't think we should get rid of all nuclear weapons, I don't believe we are alone in the universe, and not every visitor will be friendly...

                                                  • MP Esco
                                                    MP Esco  11 hours back

                                                    Its an honorable, sincere sentiment to simply want to do away with nuclear weapons. But it isn't realistic, and frankly, it is irresponsible to preach that it is. The same could be said of war itself. A disarmed nation is subject to, and without any recourse to, the whims and desires of the armed nation.

                                                    • PillowFort
                                                      PillowFort  12 hours back

                                                      Watching people crawl to the smoking ambulance in hopes of getting help was... _horrifying,_ to say the least

                                                      • Andrey DeOliveira
                                                        Andrey DeOliveira  12 hours back

                                                        *I vote yes to nuclear weapons*
                                                        ...for the same reason that I have a gun, better have and never need to use, than need it and don't having it...

                                                        • TheAmberGryphon
                                                          TheAmberGryphon  12 hours back

                                                          Fucking heartless bombs. Use them for peaceful purposes instead- like an Orion drive.

                                                          • Toeknee Marz
                                                            Toeknee Marz  13 hours back

                                                            USA already did this to two cities, nice try 🙄

                                                            • Ivan Petrov
                                                              Ivan Petrov  14 hours back

                                                              Great video, and an even better initiative. Thank you!

                                                              • TelamonianTeukros
                                                                TelamonianTeukros  14 hours back

                                                                If you thought this was fun, read "The Destruction of Birmingham" chapter of "The Third World War" by General Sir John Hackett.

                                                                • Dan Wright
                                                                  Dan Wright  15 hours back

                                                                  If there is a firestorm in the city, it won't matter if you were above or below ground. The people under ground will die when the oxygen is consumed.

                                                                  • Rocky Beats
                                                                    Rocky Beats  15 hours back

                                                                    Just eliminate all Nukes? How naive.

                                                                    • Josh Parkinson
                                                                      Josh Parkinson  15 hours back

                                                                      Remember that America did this twice - once to make Japan surrender, and again after they surrendered, just because.

                                                                      • RingingResonance
                                                                        RingingResonance  15 hours back

                                                                        Nuclear weapon are like Pandora's box.

                                                                        • EXceLerator 56
                                                                          EXceLerator 56  16 hours back

                                                                          The US tested this back in World War II and it turns out that people die

                                                                          • Doby Adoby
                                                                            Doby Adoby  18 hours back

                                                                            wow that happened to chernobyl but without a nuke and wars

                                                                            • we are 852
                                                                              we are 852  18 hours back

                                                                              pls do it to beijing chinazi

                                                                              • Daniël Mostert
                                                                                Daniël Mostert  19 hours back

                                                                                Must never happen to any one

                                                                                • Joe Samson
                                                                                  Joe Samson  19 hours back

                                                                                  How can you start talking about the impact radius without mentioning the bomb yield first??? Quite senseless and denuded of any credibility from the start.

                                                                                  • Gaurav nikam
                                                                                    Gaurav nikam  20 hours back

                                                                                    Anyone here after Chernobyl???

                                                                                    • TheLonelyAstronaut
                                                                                      TheLonelyAstronaut  20 hours back

                                                                                      Somewhere, someplace, Kim Jong-un is fapping to this video in a dark room.

                                                                                      • blackocean
                                                                                        blackocean  21 hours back

                                                                                        crazy to think that cunts like Kim Jong Un or Trump would consider actually doing this

                                                                                        • David Ygor
                                                                                          David Ygor  21 hours back

                                                                                          Eu arrepiei aqui, isso é assustador

                                                                                          • José Salavert Torres
                                                                                            José Salavert Torres  22 hours back

                                                                                            what about meteorites... we need stronger bombs to survive

                                                                                            • Sun Yat Sen
                                                                                              Sun Yat Sen  23 hours back

                                                                                              When they say liberal ideas are bad

                                                                                              • Catota
                                                                                                Catota  23 hours back

                                                                                                No one:
                                                                                                Kurzgesagt: - "what if we nuke a city?"