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Carlos Labs’ Ground Zero

Posted by Sravan | April 28, 2009 .

Carlos Labs, as an example of Javascript usage on top of Google Maps, created a mapplet called Ground Zero showing the thermal effects of various well-known nuclear devices when dropped on any part of the world.

The formulas used are simplified even regarding the thermal damage, in that they don’t take into account factors like terrain and the height of the explosion.

The mapplet is actually quite old but must have resurfaced on the Internet with the latest buzz about Japan’s proposed summit on nuclear disarmament after the US President Barack Obama’s call for a nuke-free world. God I hope they make good progress.

The Bldg blog has an interesting article titled “Nuclear Urbanism” showing the effects of various drops across the world. As if to remind that this is no entertainment, the article concludes with a random assortment of nuclear bomb photography. No great RIA can of course match great photography.

The Ground Zero code is available with a Creative Commons License. It is a small well-written Javascript of 200-odd lines.

Carlos Labs is a Data Architecture, Integration and Consulting firm based in Sydney.

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