interesting, sobering little google maps mash-up here, created by CarlosLabs, a design firm based in Sydney. it allows you to city around the world and what they would look like if hit by various nuclear devices. You can choose your city and then a weapon (Fat Man, Little Boy, Tsar Bomba, Asteroid) and press “Nuke it!” and then see the extent of thermal damage.
The concentric circles of different colors mean different physical effects. The center of the circle is conflagration, where most people would die within 24 hours. The purple circle means 3rd degree burns, requiring medical care. The pink circle means 2nd degree burns, like burns from boiling water. And the yellow outermost circle means 1st degree burns, like a sunburn.
the map here shows my city of san diego, if ‘fat boy’ (21 kt) were dropped downtown. i’m just glad to see my east county home in la mesa would be spared.