Will Your Block Survive the Nuclear Apocalypse?
As usual, global thermonuclear war could be just around the corner. And while the US offensive arsenal is pretty stacked, we'd be screwed if the ICBMageddon were barreling in on us. Missile defense? Ha!
But there's good news on the atomic holocaust front: Thanks to a new Google Maps mashup, you can now see whether your domicile (and your meat husk of a corpse) could withstand a direct nuclear attack. WouldISurviveANuke.com is a pretty simple interactive feature: You enter your address, you select a weapon yield (puny 18-kiloton Fatman, or the 50-megaton Russian behemoth Tsar Bomba? How about a more modest nine-megaton city killer?), and then you check the blast radius to see whether you lived, or died as a crispy critter. (Hint: Anyone anywhere near the San Francisco MJ offices, or near San Francisco Bay in general, you're truly screwed.) Either way, when you're done, you can post the results of your nuke test on Facebook.
Now, if only we could combine this knowledge with the location of the nukes nearest to us—oh wait, we can!