Ground Zero II

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Have you ever wondered what would happen if a nuclear bomb goes off in your city? With Google’s Maps framework and a bit of Javascript, you can see the outcome. And it doesn’t look good.

Just what you need to be safe in these turbulent times: enter the address of that boss, teacher, colleague or loved one; select a weapon and a damage map mode.

By clicking repeatedly on “Fallout” you can change the wind direction at the moment of the explosion.

Where’s the older version?

Still hosted with us – Just click here to see it

Copy and paste the following to mashup the Ground Zero II script into your own website or blog:

A ZIP archive with the source code can be found here.

Science Caveat

The damage caused by a nuclear explosion is affected by a multitude of variables, and some of these require powerful super-computers to be simulated properly. The terrain, buildings and weather patterns are not part of the calculations used to map the damage.

Fallout shows the possible dispersion of radioactive isotopes after six hours of the explosion, assuming a constant gentle breeze.

The formulas used here are in the public domain and were sourced from the websites of the Federation of American Scientists and from Wikipedia


Disclaimer: This code is posted “as is”, with a Creative Commons license and neither Carlos Labs nor any of its representatives guarantee the suitability of this script, or assume any responsibility for your actions.This script is free to use on any software project, free or otherwise, provided you credit Carlos Labs and you do not remove the header in the script.
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