This interactive map shows what would happen if the Hiroshima bomb fell on your hometown

Public Radio International developed a really cool — and terrifying, and awful — interactive app that visualizes the enormity of the destruction caused by the atomic bomb the U.S. dropped on Hiroshima 70 years ago today.

You can simulate the effect of the bomb’s blast on your own hometown. In the case of mine — Orland — the fires from the resulting blast would spread to two towns, and windows would be smashed from Stockton Springs to Blue Hill. Yikes.

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And that bomb — the so-called “Little Boy” — doesn’t even come close to inflicting the kind of damage that modern bombs can, according to this infographic.

To use the app, search for your town, then drop a pin on it. Then you have the option to drop the bomb.



Dan MacLeod

About Dan MacLeod

Dan MacLeod is the managing editor of the Bangor Daily News. He's an Orland native who moved to Portland in 2002 and now lives in Unity. He's been a journalist since 2008, and previously worked for the New York Post and the Brooklyn Paper.