How many nuclear bombs have gone off in the world?
If you'd asked me up until recently I'd have said two. Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Oh, wait, there was the test bomb in the USA, then all the fuss about Bikini Atholl where the French tested a bomb and then the British tests in Australia, so maybe ten, or a few more?
Two nuclear bombs were used in war. Two. How many were tested?
This animation shows, in the top right, the month and year. Around the edges are country flags with the number of bombs exploded. Flashes show where they went off. In the bottom right is the total of nuclear bombs. Not explosions. Chernobyl, Three Mile Island etc are not counted. Only deliberate bombs.
By 1998, thirteen years ago, before the Korean tests, more than two thousand nuclear bombs had been detonated on planet Earth. If you are worried about fallout from the Japanese quake-damaged reactor, forget it. That won't even blip on your background radiation now.
The Japanese have never developed a nuclear bomb. For a good reason. They have seen what it can do.
Two bombs on Japan. Two thousand on the planet. I think that should just about cover it.
Cancer rates started booming in the fifties. Officially, there is no connection.
Edit Damn this widescreen fad. The video edge is clipped. It's best to double-click it and watch on YouTube.