Nuclear tests in the 1950s — with soldiers marching into the test zone
by Dee McLachlan
I have always found it astonishing that leaders would build up such an arsenal of weapons — so large — that it could obliterate humanity from the planet.
Two countries — the US and Russia — currently have a total of 900 missiles and 2581 strategic nuclear warheads (that we know of) on launch-ready status. The total explosive power of these weapons is about 1185 Mt (megatons, or 1.185 billion tons of TNT equivalent explosive power). That is a ton of TNT for every family on the planet. [Read more…]