What if We Nuke a City?

  • Publicado em 13 Out 2019
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Comentários • 45 708

  • Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell
    Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell  Mês atrás +27739

    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 5 dias atrás

      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 18 dias atrás


    • Jeppe Wammen Baggesgaard
      Jeppe Wammen Baggesgaard 24 dias atrás

      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 Mês atrás +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 Mês atrás

      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...

  • - -
    - - 4 horas atrás

    Everyone should have a nuke, nobody would attack anyone for fear of annihilation

    • Matthijs Noyce
      Matthijs Noyce 3 horas atrás

      Until one person is stupid enough to do it anyway.

      North Korea has threatened the US with nuclear weapons, despite having absolute no defence against a nuclear counterattack.

      If everyone has nukes then the world lasts until one single asshole is crazy enough to pull the trigger. If your plan relies on all humans being intelligent, sane and rational people then your plan doesn't work.

  • - -
    - - 4 horas atrás

    Well living near Nato headquarters will mean it is going to be quick

  • Chocolate Cumprimenta
    Chocolate Cumprimenta 6 horas atrás

    Good Channel when they talk about science, but when they try polítics... 🙄🙄

  • Dalton Filho
    Dalton Filho 6 horas atrás +1

    _Nuclear weapons are about _*_YOU_*
    Me: _aaawwn_ *blushes*

  • 으아아아아아아아아아

    Oh I wish I'm very close to the explosion so that I can die immediately

  • TT yler
    TT yler 8 horas atrás +1

    7,000,069th view

  • 3D Fer
    3D Fer 8 horas atrás

    What a question, spoiler: BOOOOOMMM

  • TT yler
    TT yler 8 horas atrás +1

    If you nuke a city you would probably start a nuclear war

  • ChairForceOne
    ChairForceOne 10 horas atrás

    Without nuclear weapons, endless world wars would be inevitable.

    • Matthijs Noyce
      Matthijs Noyce 3 horas atrás

      Not really? Non-nuclear missiles already make most forms of conventional warfare pointless. But at least they'd kill less civilians.

    THE EMPEROR OF MANKIND 10 horas atrás

    “Has there been a world war 3?”
    “The second one nuclear armed nation invades another nuclear armed nation by more traditional means, ( a big aggressive force come in and takes control) the defender will lunch nuclear bombs at the attacker, and the attacker will do the same. Any ally’s of the attacker or defender may also get involved with sending bombs and getting bomb.”
    “And that hasn’t happened yet?”
    “Not yet, threat of a Nuclear war is a big deterrent for major nation to go to war with each other, I think (as long as we keep nuclear weapons) there won’t be another huge war like world war 2 because of it dos happen it would be morbidly over the top in destruction and death, also the group that wins the war might not be a vary nice group.”

      THE EMPEROR OF MANKIND 2 horas atrás

      Matthijs Noyce what if? What if I am a google ai. What if all nukes are taken away and every major military power gets the idea to fight, in a world war 3 with out any nukes, just aircraft, tanks, drones, troops, ships ect. What if something already worse than a nuclear weapon, something that’s hidden.

      “I think tensions will eventually build up to a point here m.a.d will be ignored”

    • Matthijs Noyce
      Matthijs Noyce 3 horas atrás

      Your plan lasts until North Korea is crazy enough to fire a single weapon. Mutually Assured Destruction relies on the idea that everyone involved is sane.

      World War 3 hasn't happened yet, but that doesn't mean it won't.

      THE EMPEROR OF MANKIND 10 horas atrás

      “In 5 word or less, why don’t we get rid of nukes? “
      “Nukes help prevent wars.”

  • MrImastinker
    MrImastinker 10 horas atrás

    "Five years ago, I lost 30,000 men in the blink of an eye.
    And the world just fuckin' watched."
    -General Shepherd.

  • 348joey
    348joey 11 horas atrás

    You are Israel, a nation surrounded by countries that would love nothing more than to see you and every citizen within your country absolutely destroyed. The only thing that keeps your enemies at bay is the threat of nuclear retaliation. Now Kurzgesagt says you should get rid of your weapons because, despite never having used them yet, they /might/ be used later, and anyone they're used on would suffer horribly, though this doesn't take chemical weapons, which can be just as bad, into account, and you have no reason to believe that anyone else would do the same or even just build more later, you're told that this is the only solution. What is your response?

    Yes, a nuke would suck; people would suffer, but they're not unique. The only response we have for it is to prevent it from happening by having weapons on both sides. Even the most radical leader won't launch a nuke if their country can be completely destroyed in response. We're not on a hair trigger anymore. It's a possibility, but unlikely.

    • Matthijs Noyce
      Matthijs Noyce 3 horas atrás

      There are people in this world who genuinely believe the Earth is flat. One of my country's politicians has publicly stated that he doesn't believe in germs, and that diseases are caused by 'energies'.

      MAD only works when everyone involved is sane.

  • Benjiram
    Benjiram 13 horas atrás +1

    Me: watches this vid

    FBI: puts me on the watchlist

  • Tanner Murphy
    Tanner Murphy 14 horas atrás

    We shouldn’t remove all nuclear weapons they may have other uses and as strange as this sounds they have stopped many possible wars.

  • Tanner Murphy
    Tanner Murphy 14 horas atrás

    Something called mutually insured destruction has stopped this from happening because everyone’s scared of the same thing.

  • Cooked Chicken
    Cooked Chicken 14 horas atrás

    Nuclear bombs are bad, but that doesn't mean we should get rid of them. I know that there could be a chance that nuclear warfare could happen, but because of that possibility it's less likely that there will even be a world war. Fear can take over even the most powerful of governments, and so like the Cold War there might be tension, but possibly no big war. What we must do to lessen the tension is to try to make peace and not be stubborn, same goes for our enemies. But this doesn't mean we should look like the underdog, because that encourages the enemy to try to control us instead. So in summary, what we should really do is work things out with our enemies and try to control the situation. Find the solution to the problem and be mature by being the big brother.

    • Matthijs Noyce
      Matthijs Noyce 3 horas atrás

      @Cooked Chicken 10% chance of a world war is better than 0.1% chance of a nuclear war. Because a world war would have humans still existing at the end of it.

      If a nuclear war started today it wouldn't just be the end of countries or cities. It would be the end of humanity, possibly the end of life itself.

    • Cooked Chicken
      Cooked Chicken 14 horas atrás

      Sorry if I wrote shitty.

  • The Zombie King
    The Zombie King 15 horas atrás

    do a video on thermalpulse im a science geek but never heard of that befo

  • Michael
    Michael 15 horas atrás

    Shit like this legitimately makes me want to ugly cry out of both fear and abject sadness.

  • Jesus Garcia
    Jesus Garcia 15 horas atrás

    "this isn't about city stacks of TNT."
    Minecraft Players: :(

  • Reality
    Reality 15 horas atrás

    What kind of music is that in the background of this video? It's really sinister and i'd like to find more.

  • Сергей Олейник
    Сергей Олейник 16 horas atrás

    Что, капиталисты, боитесь? Вот, Вова гуманист уйдёт , мы вас в пепел радиоактивный закатаем.

  • Ender
    Ender 17 horas atrás

    Watch the movie 'Threads'.

  • Radioactive05
    Radioactive05 17 horas atrás

    I’m more of a visual learner

  • Jorge Pedro Jallo
    Jorge Pedro Jallo 18 horas atrás

    The Story of Hiroshima in a nutshell

  • Sean Dicitra
    Sean Dicitra 18 horas atrás

    Uh, Hiroshima happens.

  • Hugo Wiberg
    Hugo Wiberg 18 horas atrás

    How did the Japanese think this was a "freak" accident?

    • Mr. Jamster
      Mr. Jamster 17 horas atrás

      those nukes were much weaker, but if anyone realised it was an airburst it would've been more obvious. the closest recorded survivor was 180 metres from ground zero in a basement, and one third of the people inside the strong building did not die instantly, because the fireball did not hit the ground, and you could've survived in an underground bunker because no kilometre - deep crater.

  • Hidden Driveway
    Hidden Driveway 19 horas atrás +1

    Please let the city be Miami.

    XS BLEIBT 19 horas atrás


  • Nechtigall
    Nechtigall 19 horas atrás +2

    I hope all americans are proud of their work in hiroshima and nagasaki

    • Hugo Wiberg
      Hugo Wiberg 18 horas atrás

      Yeah, bc we would have had to do a ground invasion... it would make normandy look like a joke

  • samdaboss Gaming
    samdaboss Gaming 20 horas atrás

    Sorry it was a misclick.

  • barbareusz
    barbareusz 20 horas atrás

    General Atomics PSA - Nuclear blast and you. Brought to you by our sponsor - Nuka Cola

  • RadoPro
    RadoPro 20 horas atrás

    От мертвого осла уши, а не наши ракеты. Пока они есть, вы ссытесь к нам лезть.
    Уберите базы со всего мира и потопите авианосцы, и тогда может поговорим.

  • callistria ebennon
    callistria ebennon 21 hora atrás

    Unfortunately this only works if everyone that could make nukes joins the pact and no one ever breaks the pact. Which is statistically implausible.

  • Kareem Cameron
    Kareem Cameron 22 horas atrás +1

    Why are there so many on there nuke city videos getting recommend to me?

  • Mikosupere
    Mikosupere 22 horas atrás

    Timefall 5:09

  • Andy Sadman
    Andy Sadman 23 horas atrás +1

    I from Russia

  • Remove Random Crits
    Remove Random Crits 23 horas atrás +1

    Nuclear war is a double-edged sword and a horrifiying way to suicide.The person you shoot dies and you also die for the fallout it creates.The best way is to *NEVER FUCKİNG EVER* let nuclear weapons exist in the universe.

  • overphoenix
    overphoenix 23 horas atrás

    What if a country says no

    • Hugo Wiberg
      Hugo Wiberg 18 horas atrás

      That's called surrender, most normal people dont do that

  • Iklary
    Iklary 23 horas atrás

    Hah, NW is the only thing, that is keeping aggressive countries such as USA from trampling others. That's why it will always be sought upon.

    • Hugo Wiberg
      Hugo Wiberg 18 horas atrás

      That's called MAD, am US can confirm

  • Skirmish
    Skirmish Dia atrás +1

    Хорошая попытка сша! НО... нет... )))

  • Berry
    Berry Dia atrás

    Watch Chernobyl series on HBO it's soo Amazing Documentary about Nuclear disaster

  • ๏IтѕAѕтяσYՇ๏ ๏

    𝚆𝚎𝚕𝚕... 𝙸𝚏 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚗𝚞𝚔𝚎𝚍 𝚊 𝚌𝚒𝚝𝚢, 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚠𝚘𝚞𝚕𝚍 𝚓𝚞𝚜𝚝 𝚑𝚊𝚟𝚎 𝚊 𝚛𝚎𝚊𝚕 𝚕𝚒𝚏𝚎 𝙲𝙾𝙳 𝚖𝚊𝚙.

  • Alex Max
    Alex Max Dia atrás

    Жители Ирака, Сирии, Ливии, Афганистана... помнят тебя- американец ))

  • Dean Vine
    Dean Vine Dia atrás +1

    Sees title... "hmm, yeah, what if?"

  • Panda Bear
    Panda Bear Dia atrás

    the great mushroom war

  • Тундра Тур
    Тундра Тур Dia atrás

    Так это американцам то лучше знать, потому что только они бросили бомбы на Хиросиму и Нагасаки! Больше никто в Мире не применял ядерное оружие.

  • Max Stupa
    Max Stupa Dia atrás

    Only russians proudly talking via government mass media about converting world to "Radioactive ash". Such a stupid behavior.

  • LionX Argonout
    LionX Argonout Dia atrás

    2:38 *Horekens*

  • Starhopper
    Starhopper Dia atrás

    Nuke Iran!

  • JustARandomGuy OnYouTube

    We need nukes during alien invasion tho and tell them dont mess up with humans

  • jsquared1013
    jsquared1013 Dia atrás

    Be realistic: Russia and China will never agree to willfully give up something that gives them parity with the West. They already misbehave even though they are militarily behind, imagine how they would act if the Western nuclear nations eliminated their weapons and they still had a few? (Because any rational person who even halfway follows the actions of those two regimes would know that they would never actually disarm, even if they publicly claimed to do so).

  • Max Carter
    Max Carter Dia atrás

    haha damn he said "tacky" statues

  • Rayhan Haryanto
    Rayhan Haryanto Dia atrás

    So scary

  • Athithan
    Athithan Dia atrás +1

    The amount of damage 1 nuke creates and humans created it!😧

  • PrestonPlayzRoblox 117

    Enemy: sends nuke to city
    City: is destroyed
    Enemy: *this does put a smile on my face*

  • Your humble Allfather

    When I saw the title I thought you might be suggesting something.

    extraE MONTAMONTES Dia atrás

    remember that this is what the USA did to nagasaki and hiroshima, two cities in japan, this is not theoretical this has already happened

  • Roberto Pavón
    Roberto Pavón Dia atrás

    Ahem...USA already did it...twice...

  • Olie oops
    Olie oops Dia atrás

    Red crescent was all I needed to hear.