What if We Nuke a City?

  • Published on Oct 13, 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 www.notonukes.org to learn more about nuclear weapons and what you can do to stop them.

    • Aaron Christensen
      Aaron Christensen Day ago

      We just going to ignore the fact that nuclear weapons are the only thing that kept world war 3 from starting between the US and USSR in the 1950's? Or that they are the only thing to this day that allows the baltic republics to sleep at night knowing that russia wont steam roll them? That without them casualties in Pakistan and india would be 10's or hundreds of thousands higher? What the border war between china and russia in 1969 that never escalated becuase nukes kept them in check? Mutually assured destruction works. Nukes may well end humanity if they are ever used but so far they are a blessing. Because no matter how crazy the world leader, they dont want the world to end. That means that they dont dare go to war. Not as long as we have nukes. I'm ok with that.

    • GDRLouie
      GDRLouie 14 days ago


    • Jeppe Wammen Baggesgaard
      Jeppe Wammen Baggesgaard 20 days ago

      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 Month ago +1

      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 Month ago

      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...

  • Itz Pro
    Itz Pro 13 hours ago

    Trump supporters support the sue of nukes. They are stupid

  • Arnold K
    Arnold K 14 hours ago

    That’s the worst part. If ONE country blows a nuke, then they all will.

  • Henry the carnivorous plant

    Now I remember how I was made

  • MothannaMoe
    MothannaMoe 14 hours ago

    "Shinra Tensei"

  • Ryan Wood
    Ryan Wood 14 hours ago

    This is really naive, you know. Nuclear arms are a technology. Now that it’s been invented, it exists. Even if every government today agreed to give up their nukes, that doesn’t guarantee anything for the future. We all have to live in a nuclear world and there’s no way it’ll go non-nuclear so we’d better just learn to do the best with it as it exists.

  • Matijas Lendold
    Matijas Lendold 15 hours ago +1

    Just need a bunker and lot food and wather bunker with protect of radiation and u good but need to stay in bunker forever if nuclear war world 3 begins

  • Person Person
    Person Person 16 hours ago

    Japan: ah shit here we go again

  • christine kaiser
    christine kaiser 16 hours ago

    The only lucky people in a nuke explosion are smack dab in the middle of the nuke or on the other side of the world

    GRAN EME 16 hours ago

    7:50 i disagree, launch the mursdoom, erradicate the human pleague

  • LosingLuke
    LosingLuke 16 hours ago

    we get experimented on, released after 200 years, given a 10mm pistol and then go help settlements for all eternity. There i saved you 9 minutes

  • Dárius Ducký
    Dárius Ducký 16 hours ago

    Yes Nuclear bombs are very dangerous but I don't think that banning them is the best way....
    You see we would need them if there were meteorit coming towards earth and I think and it is true meteorit is way way way dangerous than the Nuclear bomb. The bomb do masive destruction and radiate the area. But meteorit can destroy all living things just like snap of a fingers. You are just looking on it from the one side of a coin. The meteorit is 10 000 time worse than nuclear bomb, he change the wheater could make platonic plates move the earthquake volcanos. It will make the sky full of dust the era of darkness and cold. But all right that is meteorit what if just what if there were aliens and they would attack the nuclear bombs woul be our only weapons. And I thought what if there was some desease that would kill all humans and we would not have the cure and it will kill us slowly in pain, the fastes solution? Make a nuclear strike against us..... Really you can't just look on the one side of a coin. That is all.

  • charly345mstlneo
    charly345mstlneo 16 hours ago

    This is what you did to Japanese civilians, American people.

  • 滅びゆく国日本
    滅びゆく国日本 16 hours ago +1

    This actually happened in the two cities in Japan.
    I want y'all not to forget Hroshima and Nagasaki as a Japanese.

  • xXxholicxXx
    xXxholicxXx 17 hours ago +1

    do 9/11 next

  • Adan Hassan
    Adan Hassan 17 hours ago

    4:34 my vision -_-

  • Adan Hassan
    Adan Hassan 17 hours ago

    Ive been in a nuclear explosion i survived

  • 翔葉滑
    翔葉滑 18 hours ago


  • William Behan
    William Behan 19 hours ago

    All Nuclear weapons should give up before they destroyed humankind. I

  • Nick Dzink
    Nick Dzink 19 hours ago

    We need experimental confirmation.

  • Тёма Басов
    Тёма Басов 20 hours ago

    This weapon is not effective.

  • Alex Yim
    Alex Yim 20 hours ago

    -Vault-tec has joined the chat

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  • Hassan Khan
    Hassan Khan 21 hour ago

    Nice explaination

  • George PPS
    George PPS 21 hour ago

    Rouge states like China and N.K. shouldn't be allowed to develop nukes. We can wipe them out first if they dare to attack us first.

  • Friso Dubach
    Friso Dubach 21 hour ago

    Meanwhile we have Americans staunchly support the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

  • RandomFox Dude
    RandomFox Dude 22 hours ago

    Don’t worry, There will be fallout Professionals, Some Feral ghouls but find one, you’ll be fine, have a crew, you’re So damn safe, and they can kill some death claws and many more they can do

  • Huawei Kawaii
    Huawei Kawaii 22 hours ago


  • Marinus Calamari
    Marinus Calamari 22 hours ago

    Mutual Assured Destruction means that few/none of the people would who would actually use nukes on cities will face the consequences for it. And no, euthanizing yourself in your cozy fall-out shelter doesn't count. I think it would be a good idea to burn everyone who makes detonating (a) nuke(s) possible afterwards. We can decide in a referendum after their deed is done wether or not they should be killed before they are burned.
    I'm not cruel, I'm just not convinced that you , me, the kids and millions of others screaming, writhing and burning in the streets are sufficient deterrence for the kind of people who juggle the nukes.

  • Kuakjer
    Kuakjer 23 hours ago

    What if we nuke the city?
    *The city will be nuked*

  • Chad The progressive libertarian

    I can’t wait ! It’s going to be great!

  • charly345mstlneo
    charly345mstlneo 23 hours ago

    Say that to China and North Korea.

  • Hakikomori
    Hakikomori 23 hours ago

    Okay okay no need for a whole 9 minute presentation on why we should just go ahead and do it.

  • Cerberus Rex
    Cerberus Rex Day ago

    And remember, this is just a standart nuclear weapon. When the Tzar bomb went off in the New Land archipelago (located off the northern Russian coast, at about half the length of the country), it generated enough heat to cause 3rd degree burns at 90km away and a shockwave which traveled around the world multiple times and shattered windows in Norway. FREAKING NORWAY!!!

  • ThinnestEvaluation 11

    So if you stand 21.1 km that nuke wont hit you,right?

  • G Ang
    G Ang Day ago

    We need a real life experiment ... The last one was over 70 years old. We need new data

  • G Ang
    G Ang Day ago

    That .... Terminator actually did happen? Or the birth of the king of all shockwaves ....Gojira

  • #Perspective
    #Perspective Day ago

    Anyone noticed that we haven't had a full scale world war in the last 70 years? Yeah... That's because mutually assured destruction is pretty good at keeping us out those types of wars.

  • Christian Bert Villote

    *Belka wants to know your exactly location*

    DARKKLESS09 Day ago

    si bueno.... los gringos ya saben que pasa cuando tiras una bomba nuclear en ciudades pobladas de inocentes...y con video y todo

  • Anthony Rivera
    Anthony Rivera Day ago +1

    Aw yes... Enslaved sun

    21 TAYLON ROSAS Day ago

    Reasons why DEFCON is the most horrifying game ever.

  • Kaiju Fox
    Kaiju Fox Day ago

    “Would you like to play a game?”

  • Or Lee
    Or Lee Day ago


  • Graum
    Graum Day ago

    This video made me cry for fictional people who do not exist... then the comments reminded me of Japan and Chernobyl and im sure many others and I cried more...

  • ImNotAHero
    ImNotAHero Day ago


  • Silvia Vargas
    Silvia Vargas Day ago

    Hide in a fridge

  • Pastor Hass
    Pastor Hass Day ago

    I'm sure it will be very different if someone else nukes your city instead.

  • blitzcloud
    blitzcloud Day ago

    No one:
    Kurzgesagt: look at me use our very cute animation style to animate a nuclear fallout

  • Mikey Unovapix
    Mikey Unovapix Day ago

    but what if we are attacked by an alien invasion? we may need those nukes if they work against invaders.

    • richie thach
      richie thach Day ago

      In the very unlikely scenario, tactical nukes could be a viable choice as they are smaller than strategic nukes but still should provide a decent amount of power

  • patrick Katalenas
    patrick Katalenas Day ago +1

    nukes are truely mankinds biggest mistake. they should never have been discovered or even made in the first place. no argument can suppourt keeping such weapons.

  • Booty Consumer
    Booty Consumer Day ago +2

    To make a video short, 90% of the human race in that city will be wiped out

  • Seth Reeves
    Seth Reeves Day ago +3

    We have to destroy these horrible contraptions. Forever.

  • Razamal
    Razamal Day ago +1

    well ur on memenade

  • Athrixx
    Athrixx Day ago

    What type of animation software do you use?

  • Marwan Rany
    Marwan Rany Day ago

    It's sad to know that innocent Japanese people had to go through this someday during ww2

  • Alec
    Alec Day ago

    So basically..we're FOOKED

  • shrk128
    shrk128 Day ago

    I actually wrote a paper back during highschool on how nuclear weapons were actually the bringers of peace after WW2;

    Before nuclear weapons, there was a somewhat simple formula to war and conquest - you weigh the military potential (number of forces, types of units and munitions, level of training, readiness, etc.) and battlefield conditions of the enemy or conquest target against your own, and the profit from the conflict, then you go at it.
    Like a mathematical formula, it scales up.

    There was not real deterrent against war and conquest, since the benefit of the loser's resources would, in the long term, benefit the winner - I'm looking at you british empire.

    Enter nuclear weapons.

    Suddenly, you can't concentrate your forces, since in a nuclear conflict, that's what you'd call a priority target rather than a numerical advantage - a single warhead could gut your forces; imagine a nuclear strike by the germans during the normandy invasion.

    Moreover, unlike "conventional" warfare, there's no "front lines" - an ICBM can travel several times the speed of sound or ride an undetectable submarine only to strike without a notice, and gut your cities like that overly excited kid during dodgeball.

    In a situation like this, with each superpower pushing around tens of thousands of nukes, the potential of mutual destruction is so evident and clear that starting a war is simply not-viable barring an existential threat to the nation and it's citizens, which is the only situation where nuclear weapons are even a remote option, given how there's simply no other way, and no sane person would just roll over and die or be enslaved.

    And so, for nearly 50 years, despite many smaller wars and conflicts and much bristling and posturing by both soviets and americans, never did the two nations go to war against each other, nor were nuclear weapons fired in anger, besides at the end of world war 2.

    And what if nuclear weapons were not invented?

    Well, then we'd have world war 3, with soviet russia and it's union members/puppet states squaring off against america and it's NATO allies, in a war that would last many, many years, with weapons that grow more and more deadly with real live combat data rather than gathering dust at munition dumps or being tested ad-nauseaum at some dusty firing range.

    Nukes are not a good thing, but in the end they're only tools - people, ultimately, are what we need to fear, rather than an inanimate object who's sheer threat is enough for us to curb our instincts and keep our pretense at civility.

    There's nothing you can do once the nukes are launched and detonated - that's the whole point of them.
    Nuclear weapons are, ultimately, an evolutionary reaction to the human desire of conflict and conquest, of power through arms - an immovable object to the unstoppable force.

    And when an immovable object meets an unstoppable force, the force changes direction.

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