So, how close do you live to a nuclear bomb? Well, if you live in the southern hemisphere, congratulations, you’re probably pretty far from one. But considering 80% of the human population on Earth lives in the northern hemisphere, well, odds are you’re relatively close to one, especially if you’re reading this from inside the United States, in Europe, or somewhere in Russia.
This video, from Real Life Lore, outlines where many countries, including the United States, tend to keep their nuclear weapons and silos, and that’s just on land, and on top of that, what’s public information. It’s also worth keeping in mind that many countries keep a substantial number of nuclear weapons on submarines and other launch platforms at sea, in classified locations. Bottom line though, depending on where you live, you’re either very close—mostly if you live in Europe or western Russia, or substantially farther, like in the United States.
If you don’t watch the video you can check out this map. The world’s approximately 23,300 nuclear weapons are stored at an estimated 111 locations in 14 countries, according to this overview produced by FAS and NRDC.
Of course it’s important to keep in mind that these are only estimates. There may be other locations which are more highly classified.