Having grown up with the threat of nuclear war, I’ve always been fascinated by nuclear bombs. I almost became a nuclear weapons technician in my abortive attempt to be in the USAF. And in my college days, I took a couple of aerial/satellite imaging courses so I love the new version of Google Earth. It’s really unbelievable for what you can see.
Here a link to quite a view. You’ll have to use Chrome (and maybe some other internet providers) to see it right.
This is Sedan crater, one of the tests to see if nukes could be use for civilian purposes. Here’s a good article on a handful of notable craters.
And here is a view of a *lot* of craters. Sedan is the one in the lower right corner.
Yep, humans are essentially insane a lot of the time. If you continue to hit the “-” button on the view in google earth, you’ll see just how close these sites are to major cities. there’s also a little compass at the bottom so you can change which way is north on the image you are looking at. To find scale, click on the ruler looking icon on the left frame, and click two spots to find out the distance between them. For example, the Sedan crater is around 425 meters across.
This is a major time waster 🙂 so don’t say I didn’t warn you