Map Shows Projected Impact of Nuclear Bomb Drop on Russia

( – According to a Newsweek November 3 report, the B61-13 nuclear bomb that is currently being developed by the Biden administration could destroy Russia’s capital Moscow. A simulation analyzed by the media outlet showed that the bomb could also wreak havoc in St. Petersburg.

Newsweek said it managed to create a visual representation of the nuclear attack using the online tool Nukemap. The simulation showed that a B61-13 bomb exploding over Russia’s capital at a yield of 360 TNT kilotons could cause massive devastation and kill nearly 500,000 people. The media outlet noted that anyone within 2 miles of the detonation site would suffer high levels of radiation exposure and would be dead in less than a month. It added that 15 percent of survivors would eventually die of cancer.

The simulation revealed that the number of injured in Moscow would be 868,860. It also noted that the B61-13 bomb could be “extremely devastating” in St. Petersburg, as it would harm 685,930 people and kill nearly 400,000. Newsweek pointed out that the bomb would destroy most of the infrastructure of the two Russian cities.

The US Department of Defense announced the creation of a new variation of the US B61 gravity bomb on October 27. In a news release, the Pentagon said that the B61-13 is intended to provide the White House with more options against large-area and difficult military targets. It added that the bomb will enhance deterrence of military opponents and provide confidence to allies.

While the Pentagon hasn’t revealed the bomb’s power, Biden administration officials told Newsweek that it would have an explosive yield “very similar” to its older model B61-7. That nuclear bomb is 24 times more powerful than the one the United States dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima during World War II.

In a statement, US Defense for Space Policy’s Assistant Secretary John Plumb noted that the development of the B61-13 nuclear bomb is the result of “growing threats” from geopolitical adversaries and a changing “Security environment.”

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