Unplanned Explosions at Munitions Sites incidents in country formerly part of the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact

Title

Unplanned Explosions at Munitions Sites incidents in country formerly part of the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact

Subject

Unplanned explosions at munitions sites

Description

A map of unplanned explosions at munitions sites from 1979-2013. These stockpile explosions are often correlated with conflicts in the region, not as acts of war, but accidents due to storing weapons, often in preparation for some kind of military (or para-military) action. This is not a map of hazards, per se, but rather could be seen as a map of fear of the hazard of war. As the stockpiling of weapons is inherently dangerous, we can see in this map where that risk was worth the assumed protection of more weaponry, which ties into the Soviet era arms race as it relates to Civil Defense.

Source

Small Arms Survey

Date

2013

Type

map

Coverage

Files

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Citation

“Unplanned Explosions at Munitions Sites incidents in country formerly part of the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact,” Mapping Cultural Space Across Eurasia, accessed June 28, 2022, https://eurasia.omeka.fas.harvard.edu/items/show/930.

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