VFX Artist Reveals the TRUE Scale of NUCLEAR EXPLOSIONS

  • Publicado el 24 sep 2023
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    Wren uses VFX to show you the true size of nuclear explosions as well as their destructive potential.
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    00:00 What Actually Happens in a Nuclear Explosion?
    01:17 Science Behind the Explosion
    02:55 How do Nukes "Hit Different"?
    04:24 Measuring a Nuclear Explosion
    05:21 Sequence of a Nuclear Explosion
    07:59 Bigger and Bigger Bombs
    10:12 Mutually Assured Destruction
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Comentarios • 0

  • Tortuex
    Tortuex Hace 22 días +17412

    I like how "that would be too expensive" is the only reason seemingly preventing Wren from detonating a nuclear bomb in LS

    • warzed
      warzed Hace 22 días +304

      Its called sarcastic humor

    • Ben Jiles
      Ben Jiles Hace 22 días +442

      😂 lol our man didn’t blink at the thought of instantly incinerating millions of people… just had a problem with cost haha

    • Gabriel Telmo
      Gabriel Telmo Hace 22 días +51

      i was about to say that! 😂

    • The COVID-19 Coronavirus
      The COVID-19 Coronavirus Hace 22 días +516

      In Los Santos huh

    • The COVID-19 Coronavirus
      The COVID-19 Coronavirus Hace 22 días +148

      Trevor wouldn’t hesitate

  • Ben
    Ben Hace 13 días +468

    Would you all create a similar recreation for what could happen if Yellowstone decides to "pop?"
    That would be huge.

    • Sigma_Wolf
      Sigma_Wolf Hace 13 días +5

      West coast would be gone

    • Xellwrath
      Xellwrath Hace 12 días +27

      Well, if worst comes to worst, it has been predicted that it can cause damage similar to The Rock™ that perma banned the dinosaurs.

    • Karsen Keith
      Karsen Keith Hace 11 días +3

      @Sigma_Wolf minus the Yellowstone region and every state directly around it, the East Coast would arguably fare worse

    • Black Iron Tarkus
      Black Iron Tarkus Hace 11 días +3

      We could just use a bunch of helicopters to pour water, dry ice, and stuff inside fire extinguishers all over the volcano. The volcano wouldn’t last more than 2 hours.

    • Milke
      Milke Hace 11 días +15

      ​@Black Iron TarkusI don't think that you know what Yellowstone really is...

  • Zachary Kuran
    Zachary Kuran Hace 14 días +279

    Seeing the kiddo in the rubble of Hiroshima... It's tough to put into words how terrible the power of a nuke is until you really get close to the individuals affected by it, so I'm really grateful Wren was willing to let this be more than just educational. Great video as always Corridor Crew.

    • Aesop531
      Aesop531 Hace 11 días +5

      I was silenced after reading "Hiroshima Diary." Good, sobering book.

    • seva
      seva Hace 11 días +3

      The photographer: “Okay… that’s good, wait no, a little to the left please. Never mind, here let me just…. ah. That’s perfect, this will show them.”

    • Aditya Negi
      Aditya Negi Hace 11 días +7

      it doesn't matter what people personally think of Japan regarding their warcrimes in Nanjing. The fact that civilians had to deal with the most of the conflict is really sad. Entire cities got destroyed, even if its only a 100 thousand deaths, that's still millions more in grief and pain of their loved ones passing.

    • ReesePaints
      ReesePaints Hace 11 días +2

      I know its not exactly the Hiroshima explosion, but that photo just reminds me of Grave of the Fireflies, which for your emotional sake, you shouldn't watch without a bunch of tissues and a bottle of water.
      For an actual rendition of a nuclear explosion, I suggest Barefoot Gen :)

    • Muffin Lion
      Muffin Lion Hace 11 días +1

      They should of bombed unit 731 instead.

  • Birdieupon
    Birdieupon Hace 9 días +96

    THIS is what makes the Corridor Crew so good at what they do - they actually take the time and care to study in detail what the real world is like!

    • calgar
      calgar Hace 4 días +1

      lol 650 B83 is not nearly enough ! actually you d need triple that amount to insure total destruction of both China and Russia if you want to minimize counterfire casualties you use two of them to destroy a single russian silo !
      The video was kinda meh !

    • Svarog
      Svarog Hace 2 horas

      @calgar you are the reason we got war, dont forget that in history only the u.s actually used nukes.
      Oh and in u.s war doctrine you can you nukes preemptively unlike russia and china that use it as last resort for defense, yea let it sink in.
      And before you blame me for rusbot etc, im Ukranian.

  • HughRamsey
    HughRamsey Hace 10 días +47

    This is such a difficult topic that you easily could have covered in such a way that it caused an uproar. However, you handled it with class, curiosity, and humility. Well done, fellas.

    • calgar
      calgar Hace 4 días

      We need more nukes not less :)

    • geno
      geno Hace 4 días

      @calgarnukes of love you mean

    • calgar
      calgar Hace 4 días

      @geno nono good modern thermonuclear warheads ,the kind that vaporize your carbon content on the wall behind you before it blows up !

    • geno
      geno Hace 4 días

      @calgar nooo no.. no more plz no more. No lemon fresh

  • Alex Wellerstein
    Alex Wellerstein Hace 5 días +44

    Ren, thanks so much for the NUKEMAP shout out. Trying to give that sense of scale was why I created it and why I continue to work on and improve it. I’m glad you found it useful and I was fascinated to see how the CC would approach modeling a nuclear detonation. I've learned a lot from this channel over the years and I'm glad I could "give back," in a way. (I put off watching this for two weeks because I couldn't bear the idea of getting annoyed with you if you did anything I really didn't think was correct, but all of my critiques ended up being in the category of "fairly minor nitpicks" in the end.)

    • MoneyMole.Mp4
      MoneyMole.Mp4 Hace 4 días +2

      Wow i recognize that name anywhere, your site really made me realize how powerful nukes are many years ago

    • Nautilus Guitars
      Nautilus Guitars Hace 3 días +1

      Great work! Me and my son have used it to try to visualize the consequences of nuclear war, and it really put it into context for us. It's certainly a great tool that I hope more people take a look at.

    • Kidz Bop 38 is Straight FIRE!!
      Kidz Bop 38 is Straight FIRE!! Hace un día

      Nope, I was the one who created NukeMap...stop trying to steal my credit.

    • Mike Gersh
      Mike Gersh Hace un día

      It’s a great piece of software! I live in NYC and have used to determine how survivable my home’s location is if the city was hit.

  • Mrminifigure
    Mrminifigure Hace 22 días +5510

    VFX artist reveals is honestly my favorite series on this channel

    • HISHAM A.N
      HISHAM A.N Hace 22 días +51

      Agreed! Love the way Wren explains stuff

    • mjaned0528
      mjaned0528 Hace 22 días +28

      it’s literally the reason im subbed to this channel

    • MagnitudePerson
      MagnitudePerson Hace 22 días +7

      hell its my fav channel on youtube

    • Evan Hunt
      Evan Hunt Hace 22 días +2

      on youtube!

    • lolz
      lolz Hace 22 días +9

      It’s like education done right.

  • DLGunn
    DLGunn Hace 15 días +87

    Wren is a really good presenter. I could easily see him doing a regular science broadcast.

    • Wandr3r
      Wandr3r Hace 13 días

      Totally. I don't think he even realizes how good is on camera.

    • geno
      geno Hace 4 días

      Really channeling his inner bill nye !

  • Nii Amart
    Nii Amart Hace 11 días +26

    Wren's videos are the best on this channel. This video was really educative & touching at the same. You can tell a lot of work goes into making these videos & it's much appreciated.

    • Avi Stryfe
      Avi Stryfe Hace 11 días +1

      I agree. But falling in love with people on random videos is not the way.

    • Nii Amart
      Nii Amart Hace 11 días

      @Avi Stryfe falling in love? What are you on about? 🤣 Can't appreciate his hardwork anymore? Cmon bro

    • Avi Stryfe
      Avi Stryfe Hace 10 días

      @Nii Amart appreciation and most people just being generally creepy to strangers these days online are 2 different things. Dont worry tho, its not just you.

  • Jeff Thein
    Jeff Thein Hace 11 días +59

    You are an extraordinary storyteller. This is so well-done in terms of its visual and informative value -- a viewer cannot walk away unmoved in some way by your compelling and original style. Keep up the great work, and let's pray we never see another nuclear explosion used against any human being. We have come too far as a species to not work together to begin solving tomorrow's problems from this point forward.

  • James Bowling
    James Bowling Hace 15 días +42

    we're closer to something like this happening than we've ever been in my life time. its hard to imagine how ppl who lived during the time these bombs where being used felt. hope we never have to experience it.

    • Ethnos Unlimited
      Ethnos Unlimited Hace 12 días +1

      If putin further loses his marbles and knows he is dying.. Oh yah... It's gonna go down

  • Subramanian Viswanathan

    You are very good at what you do man! Keep it up

  • cobblerama
    cobblerama Hace 20 días +1680

    I'm older and grew up in a time when nuclear war was a very real possibility. Glad you took this topic seriously. Younger generations need to understand the impact, horror and outright futility of this madness.

    • MindofMadness
      MindofMadness Hace 19 días +17

      Duck! and Cover! [[abd kiss your butt Goodby]] Even in the Diesr Grade I knew crawling under my desk wasn't gonna work.

    • The SaddestDude
      The SaddestDude Hace 19 días +92

      It has become very real again since the war in Europe started

    • Yurei Otokonoko
      Yurei Otokonoko Hace 19 días +10

      Ok boomer

    • Ashkan gh
      Ashkan gh Hace 19 días +17

      @MindofMadness if you are far enough to not get most your skin instantly burned off and your eyes aren't blind and have enough time to duck and cover, it will probably help

    • Happy John
      Happy John Hace 19 días +6

      That's the difference between the younger and older generations many of the younger generation see nukes and know we have not even reached a fraction of how powerful they can get simply because we stopped testing. Where you feel fear and existential dread we feel happiness and jubilation. Look at the power humanity wields and we haven't even started colonizing other worlds yet. Makes me feel like humanity can fight god and win.
      Makes me feel bored of human vs human wars we need to find something new and challenging to kill.

  • Thomas The Unknown
    Thomas The Unknown Hace 7 días +8

    Hi from 🇯🇵
    Thanks for making the video because I was born and raised in the prefecture right next to Hiroshima
    and since I was kid I heard and watched a lots of stories of the victims of the Day.
    It was really scary and still got me sort of trauma even though I am an adult.
    I believe giving people (especially in oversea) opportunities to imagine how nuclear weapon works and destroy our precious lives is very very needed now because it's no longer 0% possibility that Ukraine, Russia or any other major cities could be another Hiroshima.
    Anyway, Thanks for the video and I appreciate your activity.
    Let the world more peaceful and comfortable with our creativity together ☺

  • Rocket Man 🚀 🌎
    Rocket Man 🚀 🌎 Hace 8 días +2

    Incredible video man. It made me laugh, it made me think and it made me wanna cry over the lives lost. You’ve earned a sub.

  • Dwight Gaston
    Dwight Gaston Hace 6 días

    That was one of the best - intellectually and emotionally engaging - videos you have ever produced. Bravo!

  • Shane Tate
    Shane Tate Hace 16 días +25

    Thanks for discussing the reality of this science. To many people skip over the tremendous loss off life when discussing these weapons. Oppenheimer would be proud.

    • David Macmillan
      David Macmillan Hace 15 días

      Oppenheimer? Oppenheimer just loved this stuff...he wanted to Nuke Germany as well as Japan.. Lise Meitner was an admirable scientist...Oppenheimer a ghoul

    • Shane Tate
      Shane Tate Hace 15 días +1

      @David Macmillan I was referring to his famous quote "Now I Am Become Death, the Destroyer of Worlds" and to put in context this was said after witnessing the first nuclear explosion. I didn't know the man so I don't feel comfortable assuming his intensions. I would imagine it would have weighed heavily on anyone in his shoes. As for bombing Germany, if you think about the slaughter that took place at the hands of Hitler and the fact that Oppenheimer's family was of Jewish decent, it would make sense he would think that.

  • Jamie Robertson
    Jamie Robertson Hace un día

    Great content! Great delivery! We definitely don’t need any nuke of any size going off anywhere

  • MW Rodgers
    MW Rodgers Hace 21 un día +1424

    I met a survivor of the atomic blast in Hiroshima. She was working underground at an ammo factory, less than 1000m from the epicenter. She spent two years in a hospital recovering and still has the radiation burns on her arms (called keloids). Every couple of years, her white blood cells would spike up to really high levels and she would get quite ill. Strangely, her daughter had a similar white blood cell spike every couple of years. Later, when I visited Hiroshima and looked at the shadows of people burned into stone and concrete, it really altered my world view.

    • Zevin
      Zevin Hace 21 un día +249

      What really shook me as a history student was learning that the Japanese were already trying to negotiate a surrender prior to the bombings. One of the only conditions they had was the emperor remain alive and in power. The US refused, saying unconditional surrender only. Yet in the end we let the emperor remain in power anyway.. However it's actually worse than that..
      Even if no nuclear weapons were invented at all Japan was never going to be the massive bloodbath for the American military the way it was played up to be. The Soviet Union was already preparing a invasion of the main islands from the north and just prior to the bombs had steamrolled through Manchuria with some elite Soviet divisions. So it's pretty widely debated today that the real reason for the bombings were to demonstrate to the Soviets and the world that we were the pre emanate global power while also forcing the issue with Japan, preventing a north south split of Japan like just happened in east/west Germany. With those facts considered the bombing of civilian cities was one of the greatest crimes in history, and wasn't just a means to a end played off as saving lives and forcing the "fanatical" Japanese to surrender.
      People of my parents generation completely bought in to the taught narrative, that while it was terrible potentially many more people would have died in a grueling terrible ground war in Japan. Of course this is what was taught in grade school, and it's the narrative every TV news station broadcast (what few TV and radio stations there were back then) and coming from a atmosphere of celebration at defeating Germany it's a hard pill to swallow that we would do something fundamentally wrong, immoral, a massive war crime. We were the good guys after all right? Any debate of the issue was taboo, it was for decades a settled matter, but unfortunately history isn't so simple, and often has a very dark underbelly that is ignored. “History is Written by Victors.” after all.

    • Jeff Barber
      Jeff Barber Hace 21 un día +55

      @Zevin This is the absolute best/worst example of history being written by the victors and I can well believe it. After all, that is exactly what we have learned Vietnam was about as well.
      I don't mind admitting that my parents, who lived through WW2 in the UK (one as a child who lived in London through the Blitz and my father who was a navigator on Lancaster Bombers in the Air Force), brought me up with the understanding that "The Japanese were horrific to people during WW2", and being a young child, I accepted this as a fact until I got old enough to question things and motivations. Had I not rejected this stuff at face value and built my own opinions on what I have researched and learned about, I would probably have grown up in ignorance and developed the exact same institutionalized racist ideology that they and a vast portion of our society have today. Thats the scary bit right there....

    • SunnySzeto
      SunnySzeto Hace 21 un día +40

      @Jeff Barber do you know nanjing massacre?

  • Michael Lawler
    Michael Lawler Hace 16 días +10

    Fun video! Also TNT is one of a few grenade fillers. The common one in US grenades is comp B for fragmentation grenades.

    • Patrick Norton
      Patrick Norton Hace 13 días +2

      Which is about 40% TNT, and the rest RDX and a little wax (according to Wikipedia).

    • Believer 7207
      Believer 7207 Hace 8 días

      Comp B contains TnT

  • Simonnice
    Simonnice Hace 5 días

    This was an amazing presentation. I love the serious tone and the professional approach!

  • Cuplex
    Cuplex Hace un día

    Great video, not only showing the visuals and physics, but also the insanely brutal nature of thermonuclear weapons being used.

  • Ari Cohen
    Ari Cohen Hace 13 días +4

    I've seen tons of nuke videos, but ths is by far the best one. I love how you get into the science and human life cost to balance the entertainment and wow-factor of the explosive power. Well done!

  • Stephen
    Stephen Hace 8 días +3

    Wren being the indie-VFX Earth version of Cosmos is awesome. Keep these up!

  • TayZonday
    TayZonday Hace 22 días +682

    I was standing at the wisdom tree in Griffith Park and realized I’d get 3rd degree burns (through every layer of skin) if a 5 megaton nuke hit downtown LA six miles away.
    China still has a few 5 megaton warheads on its old DF5 ICBMs, though those are being replaced by the newer DF-41 which likely has a few 150 kiloton MIRVs with many decoys.

    • ScoutiverTTV
      ScoutiverTTV Hace 22 días +9

      Unless 1 single building stands between you and the bomb.

    • Dun Dun
      Dun Dun Hace 22 días +7

      Dude how are you this cool?

    • TayZonday
      TayZonday Hace 22 días +60

      @ScoutiverTTV The Wisdom Tree has a clear view of downtown LA and a warhead comes in at 17,000mph, then air-bursts around 2,000 feet. The kinetic blast of the shockwave *might* make me go deaf or blow my flesh off my skeleton six miles away, even if I’m not instantly burned.

    • anrealnub
      anrealnub Hace 22 días +1

      @TayZondaywhat if you were in a building??

    • Living Glowstick
      Living Glowstick Hace 22 días +21

      ​@anrealnubyou would become a pancake a very messy one

    FSAPO Hace 15 días +4

    The one major thing I hate about nuclear explosions in movies, even in documentaries where they dub audio over real test footage, is that you hear the explosion the exact same time you see the flash. You don't hear the explosion until the shockwave hits, which is often minutes later.

  • FletchWhipp
    FletchWhipp Hace 6 días

    This is n absolutely top tier video. Videography, graphics, narration & challenging the viewer as well as educating A+

  • Zeeft-p
    Zeeft-p Hace 12 días +3

    I love the fact that after showing us just how great the magnitude of destruction these nukes create you still have the hope and encourage us to put aside our differences and love each other. I hope others will be touched like me.

  • The O'Dale
    The O'Dale Hace 6 días

    Wren might be the single person on youtube that makes me watch it all, not skipping anything. That's rare

  • Tommy P.
    Tommy P. Hace 8 horas

    Wren should become the new "science guy" for the young generation! Needs a show on national television!

  • ForeverRanger 91
    ForeverRanger 91 Hace 20 días +638

    This video series should be used in classes because they make learning stuff like this fun all the while keeping the seriousness of it.

    • j8rr3tt
      j8rr3tt Hace 18 días +12

      Reminds of watching Bill Nye the science guy in elementary school!

    • master hacker
      master hacker Hace 18 días +4

      Except that detonating a ground burst nuclear weapon like he did in a city would do way less than his did as loads of the energy is eaten by the ground as well as a good amount of the energy is straight up absorbed by the concrete and steel buildings.

    • Ramen
      Ramen Hace 17 días +3

      @master hackeralthough ground bursts create much worse nuclear fallout, that’s why Japan was able to rebuild so fast after they were nuked because it was an air burst, meanwhile Chernobyl will be uninhabitable for an estimated 20,000 years or something like that

    • Isaiah
      Isaiah Hace 17 días

      @Ramenyeah but chernobyl wasnt a nuke it was a nuclear meltdown which releases more radiation then a nuke would

    • Ramen
      Ramen Hace 17 días

      @Isaiah yah your right, but still, a ground explosion is still at least worse nuclear fallout wise

  • Richard Johnson
    Richard Johnson Hace 13 días +8

    As a kid growing up in the 80s, the threat of nuclear war was an every day consideration. Looking back it’s crazy to think how it was just accepted that at any moment we might hear the 4 minute warning and be moments away from obliteration.

    • Biden_is_demented!
      Biden_is_demented! Hace 12 días +1

      I´m literally waiting for WW3 to start, just so i can unleash my interpretation of Charlton Heston´s "Planet of the Apes" ending line: "Oh you maniacs!! You blew it up!! Damn you... Damn you all to hell!"
      And we´re not too far from it. Sleepy Joe wants to go out with a bang. So i fart in his general direction! And sometimes what comes out is not gas, but he can have all of it!

    • Angel9932
      Angel9932 Hace 3 días +1

      Another 80s kid here. It is hard to explain what what living during that time was like to younger people. It wasn't something you ever forgot about but tried your best to do. To this day I hope that I'm underneath one of these bombs if a nuclear exchange happens so I don't have to live through the aftermath.

  • ronnie cochran
    ronnie cochran Hace un día

    My father in law worked for EG&G as a thermal effects engineer on all the shots in the Marshall Islands. The one thing he said he would never forget is the heat. From 30 miles away it felt like a hot hair dryer constantly blowing on your skin. For 10 minutes. I have all his films and some of those shot were way bigger than we were told. The trinity shot was 5 kt more than the original yield estimate, the bravo shot is being investigated now and the early estimate is 17.3 megatons

  • Hunter Hill
    Hunter Hill Hace 10 días

    I have been watching Corridor for almost over decade and this was the first time Wren almost made me whimper in fear. gg my guy.

  • Meothe
    Meothe Hace 15 días +1

    I appreciated how they all took this seriously, and how they reflected on the true horrors of nuclear weapons.

  • Paulo Lamar
    Paulo Lamar Hace 13 días +7

    Wren, your sensible touch on even bleak topics as this does not go unseen. You make a difference!

  • Soma Szebellédi
    Soma Szebellédi Hace 21 un día +440

    I adore that you didn't skimp out on the gritty reality of nukes and their real life toll. I have tremendous respect for you Wren.

  • Knightmare
    Knightmare Hace 9 días

    This was wonderfully done, and way more moving that I thought it would be. Well done.

  • Raistlarn
    Raistlarn Hace 15 días +7

    I've watched a ton of Kyle Hills videos and this stands up there with the best of them. It even stands above most of the best due to the details showing the actual size of these explosions.

  • pillarofdawn
    pillarofdawn Hace 12 días +2

    Tsar Bomba was initially planned to have a yield of 100MT instead of the 57MT it ended up yielding. However they didn't follow through with the 100MT yield as they feared it would cover the majority of the northern Soviet Union in fallout.

  • Ben Meredith
    Ben Meredith  Hace 15 días +2

    This was really different and cool - thanks team! Emotional, informative, loved it.

  • nathan bolton
    nathan bolton Hace 7 días

    This is why Oppenheimer had all the weight of the world on him. Once it was successfully tested, he knew the implications it would have.

  • Sandeep Sarkar
    Sandeep Sarkar Hace 22 días +588

    To Corridor, I would like to let you guys know that this is the best and most educational and entertaining series that you have created. Ofcourse the biggest applause goes to Wren who makes these awesome videos one after one with such beautiful VFX and overall presentation with the sounds and a genuinely great script that it clearly shows how amazing he is as an artist as well as a member of this channel. I know just like me many of the audience are excited all the time for this series and click on these videos without wasting a single second after getting a notification. I congratulate you guys for this feat and wish you carry on this series as long as u can. Love from one of your long time subscribers.

    • Semper Velox
      Semper Velox Hace 22 días +2

      ⁠@art's truthI’m not sure but I’m guessing the camera was far enough away from the explosion with a huge zoom lens and fixed on a tripod or something, at least for the bus shot that could be an option. The following shot of the buildings could be vfx based on the other shots.

    • qwqeqrqtqz
      qwqeqrqtqz Hace 22 días +2

      The footage shows the effect of the light hitting paint. The cameras would obviously be shielded from behind and are recording away from the direction of the light. They would not be directly affected. They were most likely inside some sort of fortified container to withstand the shockwave after.

    • Chris Langley
      Chris Langley Hace 22 días +3

      ​@art's truthhe literally explained that the effect u see happens when the light from the blast directly touches something. By setting up a camera behind a shield of some kind, it would not be directly affected by this heat.

    • Jesse Green
      Jesse Green Hace 22 días +4

      They’re buried underground in containers and use mirrors to capture the footage. The camera is a rapatronic camera that is pretty amazing.

  • Byren Walker
    Byren Walker Hace 12 días

    Crazy when you remember the tsar bomba was going to be double the size it was, unimaginable destruction

  • Gabs A
    Gabs A Hace 8 días

    Thank you Wren for the video and the perspective. As usual your explanation videos are awesome.

  • Odds and Windsocks
    Odds and Windsocks Hace un día

    Really enjoyable content. I heard that the SARS bomb would have blown windows out over 500 miles away.

  • KpZ -
    KpZ - Hace 14 días +1

    Loved your dynamics throughout the video, serious and humor. Nice video :)

  • SunuvaMitch
    SunuvaMitch Hace 11 días +1

    It’s a horrifying thought that we have so many weapons that can cause so much death and destruction out there.

  • Chris Hilton
    Chris Hilton Hace 22 días +655

    This video seriously hit different. It went from fun exploding things to the reality of war so quick and so expertly handled. Stuff like this really makes you think about the state of humanity sometimes

    • Akhil TRC
      Akhil TRC Hace 22 días +10

      When his face went dull from calculating the casualties from the bomb simulator, 3mil dead at the push of one button, n there r 650 of them in the US alone. Has Science gone too far?

    • Penny Lane
      Penny Lane Hace 22 días +7

      I dunno, it felt like a bit of an afterthought given that the video then ends on "hey, you found those explosions _cool?_ Wanna explode your own cities?"

    • Skepticalbadger
      Skepticalbadger Hace 21 un día +1

      Yep. Obligatory sad face.@Penny Lane

    • King Burgers
      King Burgers Hace 21 un día +2

      @Penny Lane Agreed. There's no real benefit to 'pretending' that nukes are fun imo

  • Dave McElfatrick
    Dave McElfatrick Hace 6 días +1

    Very tastefully done. Was ready to see how some CGI destruction looked but the human element really put things in perspective.

  • sirfer6969
    sirfer6969 Hace 6 días

    You are wonderfully hilarious...but also realistically accurate...well done

  • logical bias☣️
    logical bias☣️ Hace 8 días

    Beautiful done. And justified by not deleting reality from science. that's so essential to a good explanation 🙏🏼

  • Ebrima Jabbi
    Ebrima Jabbi Hace 11 días +6

    If the Trinity explosion 💥 was this devastating, then imagine the power of the Tsar bomba. Thank you for putting up this much effort to enlighten people about the dangers these weapons pose for our existence ❤...

    • christ benitez
      christ benitez Hace 6 días

      Thousands of tsar Bomba hitting everywhere on earth

  • Ben Dover
    Ben Dover Hace 14 días

    Hey Wren, great video. I think the next natural progression from this video would the the fallout of a MAD (mutually assured destruction) situation. And you can bring up the game Fallout as comparisons

  • TotalEclipse
    TotalEclipse Hace 21 un día +503

    It's so hard to comprehend how violent of a reaction it is, this was such a good visualization of what it's really like. Well done as usual Wren!

    • Hun1on
      Hun1on Hace 21 un día +2

      Simply the thought of complete annihilation to California itself sent chills through my spine

      EVOLICIOUS Hace 21 un día +1

      @Hun1on CA is a huge piece of land, it's unfathomable what the destruction of just the publicly known US arsenal is capable of. If nuclear winter is no longer the consensus of a believed scientific concept, then what we face may be far worse in terms of living organic matter in the region. Entire ecosystems glassed, creating a chain-reaction of falling ecosystems int he surrounding areas.

  • woofless324
    woofless324 Hace 15 días

    wren really put himself on a lifelong watchlist in the first four seconds of the video

  • mrjgl
    mrjgl Hace 16 días +1

    I learned more from this video on nukes then any other video on the internet! Excellent work!

  • BoostedGti910
    BoostedGti910 Hace 12 días

    This was one of the best videos I’ve seen in a while. Good job

  • Droitzel Glaedr
    Droitzel Glaedr Hace 15 días +2

    That... I really appreciate the fact that you took the time to go in on a reality check for this. Thank you. The whole thing was handled well, from start to finish.

  • John989
    John989 Hace un día

    Beautiful work and excellent explanation ❤

  • Christian Todd
    Christian Todd Hace 21 un día +418

    Thank you for being so honest, informative, respectful and engaging. Not an easy thing to imagine, let alone explain so eloquently. May the worst parts of history never be repeated.

    • Dontwor rybout
      Dontwor rybout Hace 20 días +3

      LA being ended would be a good thing

    • Joshie K
      Joshie K Hace 20 días +2

      another horrific thing about the bombs.
      for the people close enough to the fireball... it was instant, at the temp and speed of the nuclear blast, their entire body was reduced to atoms, leaving nothing but a shadow behind, because with the sheer power of this type of explosion you aren't even dead, you just become physics and carbon

    • Fae Griffin
      Fae Griffin Hace 20 días +1

      @Joshie K The words "you just become physics and carbon" hit me way harder than it should

    • Joshie K
      Joshie K Hace 18 días

      @Fae Griffin its just disturbing, the knowledge that you can just be alive one second and a fraction of a moment just not exist anymore as a human, your very atomic makeup stripped apart leaving you as nothing but soot

    • alo
      alo Hace 17 días

      This was not the worst part of history. Not even close, compared to what japan did all around Asia

  • mapelian button
    mapelian button Hace 14 días +2

    The fact that anything can trigger a nuclear warfare made it even more terrifying. Like a scientific drone used to study auroras, birds or simply a sun reflection on the clouds or a decision made by certain military officer... Anything.

  • Borya Boyarin
    Borya Boyarin Hace 16 días

    I love you Wren, liked every vfx video that you've made, but this one hit too close to home, especially this times

  • Gael ROMANET
    Gael ROMANET Hace 12 días +1

    Honestly, the best entertaining video I watched in years. That what ESclips should be about! Educating, informing and entertaining!

  • Ally_Chat
    Ally_Chat Hace 6 días

    I don't usually cry when it comes to things historical, but putting it into perspective hits hard.

  • Holmesy87
    Holmesy87 Hace 12 días +8

    All the devastation and destruction, Wren just cared about the science.
    Seeing the potential loss of life, Wren broke.
    It was really sweet to see that reaction, Wren's a sweet soul.

  • JesseArt
    JesseArt Hace 21 un día +831

    Thank you for not "separating the science from the deaths". As an American who has lived in Japan and has been to Hiroshima, the Peace Memorial Museum and was afforded the incredible opportunity to speak with a survivor of the atomic bomb, I cannot make that separation. I only lived in Japan for a short time, but my visit to Hiroshima will stay with me for the rest of my life. The survivor we spoke with carried her experience with her every day as she battled just about every variation of cancer known to humankind. If I remember correctly, at that time, she claimed to have undergone something like 80 surgical procedures. The real world consequences of our actions were captured on film. The fallout, the human cost, the suffering was well-documented. And once you've seen it, it just cannot be unseen.

    • john doe
      john doe Hace 21 un día +37

      perhaps you should google what the japanese did to the korean comfort girls, what they did at nanjing and unit 731. It might make you reconsider about those nukes. And when you are done with that realize that the japanese have not once apologized (let alone pay reparations) and the extend of ww2 in their schools is something like "and then the americans attacked us"

    • JesseArt
      JesseArt Hace 20 días +66

      @john doe pointing out that one horrific act was indeed horrific does not excuse others from also being horrific. A war crime or crime against humanity is exactly that. Japan has a long and violent history, much of which they still have yet to truly address in meaningful ways. And the same is very true of the United States, both domestically and internationally. By the time the US dropped the bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan's navy and air power had already been decimated. In Operation Meetinghouse six months prior, the US firebombed Tokyo in what remains today to be the most destructive bombing raid in human history (yes, more than Dresden) killing estimates that range from 100-200 thousand mostly civilians and displacing over a million (although, some historians claim the death toll was severely underreported as the numbers didn't reflect the real world population density at the time). My point is that we should NEVER separate the science, the strategy, the politics, etc. from the death tolls, no matter the actors involved. Japan must come to terms with its history. I'm an American, and I think it's important that we stop perpetuating our own myths to justify our actions. It's debatable whether or not dropping the bombs was actually necessary. The excuse we use to justify it was a hypothetical about the costs of conducting a land invasion of the main Island. An objective truth is that the act was absolutely a geopolitical show of force establishing the first world superpower in the face of potential Soviet expansionism, who we knew was also developing the same technology at the time. In geopolitics, it's never just as simple as "It'll save Americans lives". That's just the propaganda campaign delivered to the public to justify mass killings.

    • Dr. Spatula
      Dr. Spatula Hace 20 días +23

      @JesseArt It's hard to ponder the consequences of my ancestors actions while the victims deny theirs

    • SoFunnIWeep
      SoFunnIWeep Hace 20 días +30

      @john doe you're speaking as though you were on the committee of generals who decided that the bombing would go ahead. You're speaking as though you had to pick up a rifle and go to war. You weren't. You didn't. You're an ordinary person, just like the tens of thousands of ordinary people who were in Hiroshima. If you cannot separate ordinary people from armed forces and war criminals, I'm worried for you. If you are unable to do that, it must also mean that you hold every single person in the United States personally responsible for every single one of its own war crimes, its own human rights violations.

  • William Lane Jr
    William Lane Jr Hace un día

    I have been to Nagasaki, Japan and visited the atom bomb museum that they have there. It was a very sobering experience that brought tears to my eyes. I hope that we never use the current atomic weapons that we have. That would be the end of us all. And this was an excellent presentation that was very well done.

  • Nickalos Rizzato
    Nickalos Rizzato Hace un día

    An amazing video that everyone should see...it's so sad the world has come to this but so few people understand how devastating the true reality is. It makes me think of the movie Doctor Strangelove or How I learned to stop worrying and love the bomb. It's a dark comedy but raises the very terrifying point of the doomsday device a bomb so powerful, it destroyed the entire world. If you've seen the movie, then you know where it all goes from there, but that movie has become more relevant now than it even was when it was made back in the old days. Thanks for making an amazing video!

  • Kawsar A
    Kawsar A Hace 11 días

    This video is art to me
    So much content and information portrayed in such a unique way

  • Where Is My Cup
    Where Is My Cup Hace 8 días

    This video truly blew me away, absolutely mind blowing.

  • Nerdvec Terp
    Nerdvec Terp Hace 13 días

    It's crazy how sometimes horrible things need to be done for us to learn.

  • Benjamin Flagg
    Benjamin Flagg Hace 18 días +1253

    “I don’t see a species trying to destroy themselves. I see a species with a reason to save themselves, and that gives me hope.”
    Damn. I love that. That gave ME hope.

    • StarFoxMcCloudX
      StarFoxMcCloudX Hace 16 días +45

      With whats currently happening in Europe, this just sounds like wishful thinking to me. 🙁

    • obriz
      obriz Hace 16 días +11

      If you declare with your mouth, 'Jesus Is Lord' and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. -Romans 10:9

    • Joel Allport
      Joel Allport Hace 16 días +5

      I wish I could agree with feeling like that. Sadly I don't 😢

  • Master_Meow2408
    Master_Meow2408 Hace 15 días

    wren is so good at explaining and narrating

  • [EaDn]Bunny
    [EaDn]Bunny Hace 15 días +2

    Loved and hated this. You’re right we can never forget or ignore what’s happening and happened around us.

  • kikio hearts
    kikio hearts Hace 4 días

    I love the science behind all of these videos. Even watching that flash video had me giddy yhinking wren was gonna teach me about the theory behind quantom tunneling. Honestly this video had alot of Bill Nye energy.

  • Stephen
    Stephen Hace 15 días +2

    I feel like nukes are ultimately a good thing in the grand scheme of things, because it gives a real idea of what "the end" looks like and it makes us realize that that's not the path we want to go down. It makes us realize what we're living/fighting for. We may not have ever had that kind of existential clarity without their creation.

    • Toosoo
      Toosoo Hace 2 días

      It is scary to think though that we have the tools to destroy ourselves though and all it would take is a few individuals okay with that amount of distruction. I mean yeah it's not a path we want to go down, but the fact that the path is there at all is a scary prospect.

  • Mike Hanna
    Mike Hanna Hace 8 días

    It's even scarier when you consider that most cities have MULTIPLE warheads aimed at them. So, L.A. most likely would have 6 - 8 warheads hitting it in rapid succession. Cities like Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, etc. would all have about the same amount.

  • James M
    James M Hace 22 días +132

    Wren does such a phenomenal job on these videos! It’s like vsauce meets VFX.

  • Sean Newcomb
    Sean Newcomb Hace 14 días

    This was probably one of my favorite CC videos. Flipping the script was important to show that we never want to use one of these devices again.

  • Cheesie
    Cheesie Hace 14 días

    This was extremely well done.

  • stephen bardzilowski
    stephen bardzilowski Hace un día

    Excellent job with your video! I wish we had more videos to show us the danger/reality of war.
    I pray that sendable heads and minds will avoid war at all cost.

  • Joel Overstreet
    Joel Overstreet Hace 15 días +1

    This is one of the most incredible storytelling documentaries I’ve seen on YT

  • LifeVentures
    LifeVentures Hace 7 días

    I think the beruit explosion is the best example of what happens on a VERY VERY small scale

  • Commander Lhaffinatu
    Commander Lhaffinatu Hace 22 días +451

    Wren, you're quickly becoming one of my favorite science content creators! PLEASE keep it up! Maybe do some awesome collaborations!

    • kraze251
      kraze251 Hace 22 días +7

      Maybe with vsauce, that'd be cool

    • Álvaro A. Lorite
      Álvaro A. Lorite Hace 22 días +1

      They keep looking because while this has some research to make a good video (which is nice!), this is by no means a science channel.

    • art's truth
      art's truth Hace 22 días

      6:15 and after is not real test footage, those are miniatures. please tell me what happened to the cameras.

      EVOLICIOUS Hace 21 un día

      @Álvaro A. Lorite VFX is art AND science!

    • Álvaro A. Lorite
      Álvaro A. Lorite Hace 21 un día

      @EVOLICIOUS no, it's not, if anything it is a technology (applied science), more akin to engineering.

  • pinkfedoras
    pinkfedoras Hace 14 días

    I was waiting for this video ever since I saw the trailers of it in the Corridor Digital sight, much to my delight, it lived up to the hype - I nearly teared up at that statistic of Russia and US dropping their nukestock by 50k. Thank you, Wren.

  • Hecke
    Hecke Hace 14 días

    The research behind this is So insane!!!!!

  • Taavi Albert
    Taavi Albert Hace 12 días

    Best video, best explaining, should need documentary Oscar reward or something...

  • Zulu Kaigue
    Zulu Kaigue Hace 15 días

    We need more videos like this... To open the people's minds and look for peace!.

  • Derek Nicarry
    Derek Nicarry Hace 23 horas

    Great job on the vfx! FYI.. it would've actually been worse..you should use air burst in that simulation instead of ground impact. Detonation usually takes place around 1800 feet, something like that.. maximizes Shockwave and overall destruction.

  • Omar Roncal
    Omar Roncal Hace 22 días +296

    Wren is the teacher we have always wanted and few of us actually had in the classroom. Fun, full of knowledge and able to make you think of the most serious topics as well.

    • Trey Macaluso
      Trey Macaluso Hace 21 un día

      Haha can you imagine him as a high school science teacher? He'd be the most badass teacher in school. At least right up until one of his students went home and answered their parent's "what did you do at school today?" with "we detonated a nuke in downtown LA!" 😆🤣

    • aalever
      aalever Hace 21 un día +2

      Few of you had teachers like Wren because your government is spending all your money on nukes instead of education :D

    • routybouty
      routybouty Hace 21 un día +1

      @aalever and now they're sending it all to Ukraine.

      EVOLICIOUS Hace 21 un día

      I had a lot of great science teachers. Though that may be becasue I was in a very wealthy public school district. Our public education sector in general, sucks. Thanks, republicans.

  • silas caldwell
    silas caldwell Hace 16 días

    This was great i would love to see a part 2 explaining nuclear fall out

  • Aaron Barlow
    Aaron Barlow Hace 15 días

    Wow! Amazing video. I’m such a visual person. This really allows me to understand the power of nukes.

  • Pak-Man
    Pak-Man Hace 3 días

    It would blow your mind to know a Japanese man was at both Hiroshima and Nagasaki when the nukes were dropped. And he survived both detonations.

  • Trade n chill
    Trade n chill Hace 14 días

    To imagine there are men who are willing to actually do something like this is crazy

  • Jay Smith
    Jay Smith Hace 11 días

    Well done brining the reality of these weapons to others. Most people don’t think of the loss of life. Very well done.

  • James Smith
    James Smith Hace 21 un día +310

    Wren, this is actually really important to show these simulations and the destruction. If you can simulate the gut-wrench feeling, then you can, on a mass scale, change the human consciousness for the better.

    • TempRawr
      TempRawr Hace 19 días +1

      Sadly our human history only got immensely better when we were able to individually empathy and visual all the horrors in the world. For better or worth of modern society if we didn't share all these realities we will continue to get people denying them. Hopefully we continue to keep the ability to cause pain out of reach out others (I know this is a stupidly wrong statement but one can aspire)

      N E W L I N E S C H A N N E L Hace 19 días +1


    • You want My name?
      You want My name? Hace 19 días +3

      The catastrophic Beirut explosion is enough to increase human awareness of nuclear dangers. Even though it's tiny compared to little boy

    • Aleksandr Fetjukov
      Aleksandr Fetjukov Hace 19 días

      Nope, it doesn't work, but yes it helps to deter from capture. Iran would be like Iraq, Syria or Libia if haven't nuces.

  • Tavii Mihai
    Tavii Mihai Hace 11 días +1

    THIS VIDEO LEVEL OF PRODUCTION IS I N S A N E. I got goosebumps down to my very core of being

  • Aaron Whipple
    Aaron Whipple Hace 11 días

    It's incredibly sobering seeing the shadows burned against chunks of walls at the museum in Hiroshima

  • Zest
    Zest Hace 9 días

    Thing is it's not just the explosion, shockwave or fireball that would be of concern. It's clear that aftereffects of such destruction is felt for centuries after.