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The sarcophagus covering the damaged fourth reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in 2015.

Russia has hidden the details of a handful of nuclear accidents since the 1950s — here’s what we know about them

In addition to Chernobyl, Russia has tried to hide the details of other nuclear incidents, including an explosion that killed seven people in August.
A mushroom cloud billows into the sky about an hour after an atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan.

It’s been 74 years since Hiroshima — the moment the US deployed the most powerful weapon known to man

The bomb fell for 44.4 seconds before detonating in a blast that would ultimately kill 140,000 people and destroy 90% of the city.
A composite image showing Albert Einstein around 1939 and nuclear explosion in French Polynesia in October 1971.

Albert Einstein wrote to the US pleading with the government to build an atomic bomb 80 years ago. Here’s what he said.

Albert Einstein wrote to President Franklin D. Roosevelt warning that Nazi Germany might be creating "extremely powerful bombs of a new type."
BTS' performance on Japanese TV was canceled after one of the band's members, Jimin (far right) was photographed in a shirt depicting an atomic bomb being dropped in Japan.

Japanese TV cancels BTS show after Jimin wore a shirt showing the Nagasaki atomic bombing

Hundreds of thousands of people died after the US dropped two atomic bombs in the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945.
An illustration of a nuclear bomb exploding in a city.

This simulator shows what a nuclear explosion would do to your town — and it just got a scary (yet helpful) new feature

Nukemap lets you explode nuclear weapons from your browser. A new version estimates radioactive fallout and protection afforded by different shelters.
Nine nations possess roughly 14,525 nuclear weapons.

About 14,525 nuclear weapons exist today in the arsenals of these 9 nations

Nuclear weapons stockpiles have ebbed and flowed over the years, as countries like the US and Russia carry out arms-reduction agreements. Here's how many nukes exist today, and which countries have them.
A B-2 bomber drops a nuclear bomb casing during an exercise.

Your retirement account probably funds nuclear weapons — here are the top 20 biggest companies and investors

The "Don't Bank on the Bomb" report highlights the biggest private investments — including 401ks and pensions — in companies that work on nuclear weapons.
The mushroom cloud of the Castle Bravo nuclear test of March 1, 1954.

Newly declassified videos of Cold War atomic blasts reveal the terrifying power of nuclear weapons

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has declassified, scanned, and uploaded even more Cold War nuclear explosion films to YouTube.
An illustration of a nuclear bomb exploding in a city.

This nuclear-explosion simulator shows where radioactive fallout would go using today’s weather

Nukemap lets you simulate nuclear explosions on an interactive map. A new version of the tool uses real-time weather to estimate radioactive fallout zones.

14,923 nukes: All the nations armed with nuclear weapons and how many they have

The apocalyptic threat of nuclear warfare may be higher than it has been in decades.