by Simon Rogers
6 July 2009
Which country has the most
How many missiles could the
How many bombs does Russia
latest data for 2009 here.
As the US and Russia
negotiate over nuclear weapons,
what does the nuclear world look like? These figures are from the
Bulletin of Atomic Scientists and
show the best estimates for the big five nuclear powers: the US,
Russia, China, France and the UK.
We've also included estimates for other nuclear powers like India,
Pakistan and Israel - and for the so-called rogue states like North
Korea and Iran. These are just the active warheads - both Russia and
the US have thousands more in storage and pending dismantling.
Hit the link on the spreadsheet for how the figures changed between
1945 and 2006. In the mid-1980s, there were over 70,000 warheads out
there - each with the power of eight times that which destroyed
Hiroshima at the end of the second world war.
There are many less now - but do you
feel any safer?
Meanwhile, our friends at
Timetric have come up with the