Chilling map shows the devastating impact of a nuclear bomb landing on London

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As the war in Ukraine drags on Russian forces and their Kremlin leaders are resorting to more and more desperate measures including even threatening to use nuclear weapons.

Multiple warnings have been issued from the Kremlin including propagandists Margarita Simonyan and Vladimir Solovyov, foreign minister Sergei Lavrov, and Putin himself.

Now thankfully US and UK authorities believe these threats to be little more than bluster to deter ongoing help being offered to Ukrainian forces but there are fears a nuclear standoff is on the horizon before the Ukraine-Russia war ends.

If nuclear war was to break out, cities like London are the most likely to be targeted.

But how would the capital be affected?

Nuke Map, created by Alex Wellerstein, a nuclear historian at the Stevens Institute of Technology, allows you to see just that. It shows the nuclear fallout if some of the most notorious bombs were to hit the city, as well as the number of people injured and likely casualties.

Little Boy

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In 1945, this atomic uranium bomb was dropped on Hiroshima in Japan. It had devastating consequences, killing over 60,000 people.

If the same bomb were to be dropped in the middle of London, we would expect around 76,470 people to be killed and a further 245,960 injured.

The blast range extends all the way to Peckham, Kensington, Camden and Shoreditch. Areas which would be safer include Croydon, Fulham, Greenwich, Hackney and Walthamstow.

Fat Man

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Fat Man is the Nagasaki bomb. The weapon killed 39,000 in August 1945. It was the second of the only two nuclear weapons ever used in warfare, the first being Little Boy. The level of destruction is bigger than its predecessor if dropped on London – 82,60 would be killed and 252,580 would be injured.

The blast range is fairly similar, although the outer reach just touches Kensington, Brixton and Whitechapel. You'd still be safer in Croydon, Fulham, Greenwich, Hackney and Walthamstow


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This is the largest bomb in the current US arsenal. The effects of this on London would be huge. Nuke Map predicts that 1,155,910 people would be killed and 2,638,230 injured.

The blast range goes right to the South London border, over Croydon and down to Banstead in Surrey. East and North London would also be wiped out, as the range covers all the way past Romford and Loughton in Essex, as well as over Enfield into Hertfordshire.

It seems the best place to be if this were to hit London is Uxbridge.

Tsar Bomba

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The Tsar Bomba, the largest USSR bomb ever tested, would not only wipe out London, but parts of its neighbouring counties too. Part of the blast would even effect Norwich.

In total, 5,778,950 people would be killed and a further 3,420,670 injured.

Castle Bravo

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If you thought the Tsar Bomba would cause the most destruction, think again. The largest US bomb ever tested is the Castle Bravo, with a blast range that spans all the way to Denmark.

Once again London, as well as Slough, Watford, the whole of Essex and parts of Cambridgeshire, would be destroyed. The number of estimated fatalities is 2,792,630 and the number of estimated injuries is 2,756,780.

The nuclear bomb that was never built

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The USSR designed a second Tsar Bomba, although it was never made. Not ones who liked being topped by the Americans, the bomb has a yield of 10,000 kilotons. If this was dropped over London, the blast range wouldn't reach as far as Denmark, but it would wipe out London and most of the South.

The number of people who would likely die is far greater too, with 5,920,060 estimated fatalities. A whopping 6,052,200 would also be injured.

What Russian state TV has said

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Margarita Simonyan, editor of state broadcaster RT and one of the Kremlin's main propagandists said: "Either we lose in Ukraine or the Third World War starts. I think World War Three is more realistic, knowing us, knowing our leader."

But in a bizarre attempt to rationalise this horrific outcome, she reasoned death is inevitable anyway.

Simonyan continued: "The most incredible outcome, that all this will end with a nuclear strike, seems more probable to me than the other course of events.

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