Sitting in my office cubicle in Pune, thousands of miles away from Beirut, I felt the tremor (of course emotionally). An official said that the blast displaced three lakh people from their homes. It did shake the world with its impact. The circulated videos sent chills down the spine.
'Is it a nuclear attack?' most minds immediately queried. The rising of the white mushroom-like cloud made many across the globe think so. The internet was soon infested with rumours on how Lebanon got nuked. Then a few experts clarified that the mushroom-like clouds are not unique to atom bombs, they are rather a result of the compression of humid air, which condenses water and creates those cloud. Lebanon was sorted. Ammonium nitrate triggered the blast. But we live in a world where a city getting nuked isn't far from an impossibility.
Stunning video shows explosions just minutes ago at Beirut port pic.twitter.com/ZjltF0VcTr
— Borzou Daragahi (@borzou) August 4, 2020
August 6, 2020, marks the 75th anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing - the world's first atomic blast. The Little Boy caused unseen devastation and later led to Japan's surrender in the Second World War. The estimates of the Hiroshima devastation vary as some reports claim over a lakh lives were lost, and the radiation exposure would only increase the toll and damage in the coming months and years. Of course, three days later, there was another bomb dropped in Nagasaki.
The developed world that we like to call it may have witnessed progress and advancements; however, failures in diplomacy, cultural/religious intolerances, the constant backstabbing, the overambitious policies, etc. have deflated the humanness that the world tried to build since the dreaded 1945.
What are the chances of your city getting nuked? Maybe a little lower than a peaceful Christchurch witnessing a terror attack. But that did happen. Ego-filled nations have nuclear weapons in their stash, and the doomsday may be nearing.
Russia and the United States keep modernising their arsenal. China and Pakistan have nuclear weapons in their armoury, so does India and Israel, and the relations between many of these nations do not need elaboration. Every time there's a Pulwama or Gawlan, there are causes of palpitations. Many from the administration even blurt out the dreaded N-word at times.
While we hope and pray that day never arrives, here's an application that lets you know the devastation that your city would see if a nuclear weapon was used on it. The Outrider's nuke map tool to ease or rise your nuclear anxiety is an interactive tool that allows you to enter data and select with the weapons too. Of course, it gives more ideas to the schemers and you the approximation of the devastation (definitely, a more refined approximation that Sacred Games may have shown you).