What if We Nuke a City?
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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.
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  • Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell
    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 www.notonukes.org to learn more about nuclear weapons and what you can do to stop them.


      Well thats good... But what if after coronavirus panademic there is a war between china and usa... I guess world is approaching a situation of world war 3 in this case.. If china is found guilty behind spreading this virus...

    • Badr Ghanmi
      Badr Ghanmi

      Kurzgesagt - In a Nutshell I want to get a bird

    • MrNobody

      It's a really nice video. Perhaps next time do a game theory video and explore the reasons why nuclear weapons will never stop existing too.

    • PETS on Parade
      PETS on Parade

      Ask the americans what they think abt It. They seen to aquihave no trouble to use It, not once, but two times against japan

    • VDGG

      Russia possesses nuclear weapons with a total capacity of 2 million Hiroshima. This is enough to destroy planet Earth 200 times.

  • Javier Martinez
    Javier Martinez

    ask hiro

  • Mark's

    I know what would happen some one would be in very big trouble..

  • Orthane

    People die, the end

  • JP

    My friend, let me show you. -Gandhi

  • Yacine Chettab
    Yacine Chettab


  • Harry

    This is what we did. This is what we did to Japan. What the fuck.

  • tasos sotiriadis
    tasos sotiriadis

    It's so close. Less than 10 years.

  • Niko Ruotsalainen
    Niko Ruotsalainen

    How string was this explosion

  • Darth Carlos510
    Darth Carlos510

    Its actually good that someone made one of these bombs Cause if they didnt present it we could be in nucuelar warfare

  • Qasim Mir
    Qasim Mir

    Nuclear weapons prevent world war. CHANGE MY MIND.🤨☕️

  • — TheLegend27 —
    — TheLegend27 —

    There’s always that one guy who ruins it for everyone else like saying yes to nukes or keeping nukes so all the other countries will have no choice but to keep nukes as well.

  • General Prodigy
    General Prodigy

    Everyone Dies TM

  • Critika [Salihmeylani]
    Critika [Salihmeylani]

    We thank to stupid person who make a bomb out of Einstein's ideas for this explosion's creation.

  • Liam Montmorency
    Liam Montmorency

    Okay, suppose I'm convinced that nuclear weapons should not exist at all (you make a very convincing argument). Country A and Country B are in a state of MAD; how are you going to convince the leaders of the countries that they should both disarm? If one country starts talking about it, the other will see this as a sign of weakness and unwillingness to use nukes in a retaliatory strike. In this case, there's so much animosity that, disarmament talks could never get off the ground. But suppose Country A and Country B do agree to disarm. How exactly do they go about doing this? They have every reason to drag their feet and outlast the other one. Suppose Country A takes the agreement seriously, but Country B sees an opportunity to assert its dominance. Country B ostensibly starts to disarm, but always retains slightly more nukes than Country A. When Country B feels that Country A doesn't have enough nukes to retaliate, Country B threatens A with a nuclear attack unless they give into their demands. Country A has no leverage now, and Country B can re-arm itself and take what it pleases. Both countries would see this potential scenario and be stuck in an endless loop of "you first." How could a disarmament agreement be structured to avoid this stalemate and actually lead to disarmament? World leaders being sociopathic monsters, why should they care about millions of people suffering if they personally won't be affected, or can take advantage of a scared populace in the wake of the destruction?

  • Sebastian Levesque
    Sebastian Levesque

    Personally I think that as long as our enemies have nukes we shouldn’t give ours up. Personally I would rather all countries have nukes as opposed to just North Korea.

  • Salman Ali
    Salman Ali

    Every weapon has its purpose. It just depends on how u use it.

  • King Ali
    King Ali

    What about the role of nuclear weapons in potentially powering spacecraft? Couldn't they be used for those purposes instead?

  • G-ROME

    Megumin: yessss

  • Theodore Villamin
    Theodore Villamin

    So basically Nuking sucks

  • Chiller_LP

    And Donald Trump asking why don't use them.

  • Alexer

    The dislikes are from the goberment of north korea

  • howtobasic lego india
    howtobasic lego india

    I recommend they test a nuclear bomb in minecraft HAAHAH

  • OmgLolWtfxD x
    OmgLolWtfxD x

    you’re really reaching for content huh

  • aditya chopra
    aditya chopra

    But what if we have super fast space travel to an alien planet and they want to kill us... just nuke em

  • brett nelson
    brett nelson

    This is a great video and so true

  • a cute miata
    a cute miata

    You could ask Makarov and he'll tell you....

  • Verity Lindsay
    Verity Lindsay

    I feel like the narrator has PTSD from reading these scripts..

  • Alexander Hyde
    Alexander Hyde

    “Hospitals will be unequipped for such a disaster” 2020: How about I do that, but across the world?

  • I do stuff.
    I do stuff.

    1:45 Don't mind this. This is for me.

  • Alexander Zhdanov
    Alexander Zhdanov

    I did some measurements and figured out that biggest radius of my city is 42.5 km. I live a few kilometers away from the edge, but close to center anyway. This means that if my city gets nuked with at least power of nuke from this video, I will be just instantly burnt to a lump of ashes, without suffering from cancer. What a relief!

  • Ammar Aldawoodyeh
    Ammar Aldawoodyeh

    Israel need to hear this

  • Ammar Aldawoodyeh
    Ammar Aldawoodyeh

    Israel need to hear this

  • Slow Neutron
    Slow Neutron

    We did nuke a city. Two of them. Should've been three.

  • McStickers

    How did you get those cameras in there and get them back?

  • Rocking Raccoon Productions
    Rocking Raccoon Productions

    Nobody: The US in World War 2: (this video)

  • Germanic hams
    Germanic hams

    TL;DW If a nuclear bomb goes of best case scenario you are caught in stage 1, underground for a few days, or nowhere near the bomb.

  • Aine Kelly
    Aine Kelly

    Poor Japan ☹️

  • crazydude

    to me, this is the scariest video on this channel. this is realer and more possible than quite a few videos on the channel. it has happened before, twice. and it can happen anytime in the future. let's just hope it never happens

  • Shuaib Mohamud
    Shuaib Mohamud

    This is how harran was made

  • Jan With Banan
    Jan With Banan

    History answers this question

  • Svmmerx_ days
    Svmmerx_ days

    It's fun to play with nuclear weapons! Not in real life.

  • Mickael the Wolf
    Mickael the Wolf

    America to Japan be like:

  • Happy SoftTM
    Happy SoftTM

    I don't know about that one

  • Ace Nunez
    Ace Nunez

    Welp I think i should not be in a big city ever again

  • Matix 777
    Matix 777

    Krugersatz: what if we nuke a city? my last 2 brain cells: 👁 👄 👁


    It would have been cool if you adet the power armor from fallout as a secret or something

  • Adrian Lim
    Adrian Lim

    We go extinct with our own hands. There wont be a giant meteorite or a super volcano which will wipe us out. World War 3 will be the end of mankind.

  • edgy potato
    edgy potato

    Imperial Japan : *bombs Pearl Harbor* The US :

  • nadhira othman
    nadhira othman

    Nice animation

  • Kahverengi Kanal
    Kahverengi Kanal

    But what if we need to stop a meteorite? I think nuclear weapons are the strongest things we have.

  • Amirhossein Soleimani
    Amirhossein Soleimani

    Well the first country that deployed a nuke was the U.S. so I think the real threat has been obvious since ww2. Even Marshal islands in Atlantic Ocean are now contaminated due to U.S. nuclear experiments.

  • Soul_Breaker666

    Trump better think twice.

  • Winston Mcgee
    Winston Mcgee

    nuke china

  • Counter Blox soilder
    Counter Blox soilder

    Chernobyl the sequel

  • magtovi

    Japan: *"What if???"*

  • CGI Future
    CGI Future


  • S C L
    S C L

    When aliens DO invade, we got something they will never forget. that is if they do exist.

    • Zohaib Wasim
      Zohaib Wasim

      If aliens can come to us then they have bombs far worse than nukes. They also could intercept our nukes if they can travel through galaxies.

  • Никола Тоцић
    Никола Тоцић

    2020: Funny

  • Carlos AC
    Carlos AC

    Now I understand why Sarah Connor was so afraid of a nuclear attack in Terminator 2 movie.

  • Music Account
    Music Account

    Every day that nuclear weapons exist on Earth there is a chance that an early warning system will malfunction, terrorists will get their hands on the bomb, a delusional leader will send the rockets, a misunderstanding between superpowers will escalate to a war and so on. All of us lose everything if any of this happens. Nuclear weapons must be destroyed, it's the only real way to prevent them from being used. The principle of mutually assured destruction almost lead to a nuclear war during cold war on so many occasions. The nukes and the people holding them didn't go anywhere after the end of the Soviet Union. Unfortunately now we see world leaders gripping ever tighter on their nukes. We might actually be the generation that witnesses them being used.

  • Trololol 1010
    Trololol 1010

    Imagine how horrifying it would be being deafened and blinded by the explosion and getting stuck under rubble

  • NukeCorruption

    the title is kinda hilariously translated to my language, it basically says: "A nuclear weapon falls into a city. So what?"

  • Andrea The Espeon
    Andrea The Espeon

    Kurzgesagt: What if we nuke a city? Me: Lemme guess, June?

    • Zombie Hunter
      Zombie Hunter

      June don’t!

  • Nuwl

    the us dropped two of these on japan...

  • Max Minns
    Max Minns

    We should stop sending nukes in the sky

  • cw249 24
    cw249 24

    we could make a religion out of this! wait, no dont

  • Kamil525

    I've seen Shockwaves from Volcanos erupting and it looks sick and then you're deaf for a few days

  • シワ

    What if we gather all the trash in the world in a single spot and nuke it

  • Decipher Studios
    Decipher Studios

    Hiroshima flashbacks

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