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The explosive power of 57,800,000 tons of TNT detonated in this video of what was the largest explosion the world has ever known. That's 115 billion pounds. 2900 times the power of the nuke used on Hiroshima. Ten times the power of every explosive detonated during WW2, combined, enough to vaporize New York City in seconds. And 60 years ago, Kruschchev's USSR was prepared to use it.

Thanks to nuclear treaties the world is long since rid of these monsters. Or is it ????

 

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Wasn't practical, weighed 30k lbs, the aircraft could barely take off, limited range and the aircraft was almost lost in the blast. Another interesting fact is at the last minute, they configured it for 1/2 the yield it was capable of.
 
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Wasn't practical, weighed 30k lbs, the aircraft could barely take off, limited range and the aircraft was almost lost in the blast. Another interesting fact is at the last minute, they configured it for 1/2 the yield it was capable of.
Pretty salty sonofabitch for 1961, heavy or not.....if they could have gotten one to Cuba along with the delivery plane, it could have made a real mess of Miami.

So are you saying the explosion yielded 58MT, 1/2 its capability of 116MT (Geezus!) ?

And speaking of current nuclear capability, the US possesses a dozen ballistic missile submarines, each with more combined power than this bomb and capable of spreading the warheads around to about 200 different targets. And yet with all that muscle the US military possesses, we can't seem to stop l a few hundred goons from occupying downtown Seattle.
 

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It may be splitting hairs but that weapon pales in comparison to a number of volcanic explosions/eruptions.

Tambora is listed as being about 16 times as powerful and it blasted an estimated 36 cubic MILES of material into the atmosphere.

AFAIK this is the largest recorded explosion in human history.
 

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Castle Bravo was the US largest fusion test and they miscalculated the yield it was much higher than expected.

Ivy Mike was a clusterfuck of a contraption that was a research weapon.
 

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Pretty salty sonofabitch for 1961, heavy or not.....if they could have gotten one to Cuba along with the delivery plane, it could have made a real mess of Miami.

So are you saying the explosion yielded 58MT, 1/2 its capability of 116MT (Geezus!) ?

And speaking of current nuclear capability, the US possesses a dozen ballistic missile submarines, each with more combined power than this bomb and capable of spreading the warheads around to about 200 different targets. And yet with all that muscle the US military possesses, we can't seem to stop l a few hundred goons from occupying downtown Seattle.
All it takes to control these anarchists is the political will to take action. Obviously these dem
governors/mayors lack this ability and embrace appeasement as the easy way out - for them.

The Tsar Bomba was essentially sabre rattling. More of a demonstration of Soviet capabillities than anything else. An impractical aircraft delieverable weapon. However, placed in the hold of a ship... well that’s something else entirely.

Tsar Bomba cratered the earth beneath the explosion despite detonating at 10,000 feet. It is still visible by satellite.

The original specifications called for 100 megatons but Andrei Sakharov the chief designer, decided to make it half scale. He was begining to become convinced that ever larger and more destructive weapons was pointless besides the threat of total destruction to every living thing on earth. He eventually became an ardent advocate for nuclear nonproliferation as well as reform of Soviet civil liberties. A truly courageous man.
 

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Ain't it cool to see when one of these threads gets started that the experts/ people who were there chime in? Nice...Thanks. Really....thanks.
 

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Castle Bravo was the US largest fusion test and they miscalculated the yield it was much higher than expected.

Ivy Mike was a clusterfuck of a contraption that was a research weapon.
Castle Bravo’s unexpected large yield was the result of not fully understanding the effect of changing the fuel used for thermonuclear reaction. They changed from the isotope Lithium -6
to Lithium-7 thinking the -7 would help tamper the reaction. Instead, the -7 reacted like a
2000 shot of nitrous tripling the expected yield. This was all new territory at the time and some of it was best guess. Of course the best guesses were made by some of the most brilliant scientists ever assembled.

Ivy Mike was not a cluster fuck. In fact, it was the first “real” detonation of a true thermonuclear device. A weapon of theroretical unlimited power. The Soviets had tested a hydrogen bomb which they called a layer cake design and had a very large yield. AND it was aircraft deliverable unlike Ivy Mike which was an engineering proof of concept to prove the Ulan-Teller design. Edward Teller, the driving force behind the development of the H-bomb and a true enthusiast of theoretical physics, was not interested in pursuing a quick and basic design like the layer cake. No, he knew the true thermonuclear, the same reaction that powers the sun, could be made to work. Which it did to the tune of 10.4 megatons. Many times more powerful than anything the Soviets had.
 

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Opinions vary..... mine is that Ivy Mike was a clusterfuck and just a research device.

The vast majority of tests were nothing but “sabre rattling”.
 

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Ain't it cool to see when one of these threads gets started that the experts/ people who were there chime in? Nice...Thanks. Really....thanks.
Or when a smartass that has no knowledge of what another persons interests are chimes in?

I know it may come as a surprise but there are those of us that have interests in things other than midget porn and basketball.

Weirdos that read books, go wander around nuclear reactors and watch documentaries instead of reruns of keeping up with the kardashians.
 

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Ain't it cool to see when one of these threads gets started that the experts/ people who were there chime in? Nice...Thanks. Really....thanks.
I don’t know if this quote was directed at me but if it was forgive me for sharing information that I find facinating. Maybe doing those duck and cover drills planted the seed. Nuclear weapon development has been an area of interest of mine for some time. I thought some others might find this information interesting and maybe do some investigating of their own. The internet makes it so easy. Rather than thinking that someone is talking down to you, allow yourself to be challenged and expand your knowledge. If not, well... there is always midget porn.
 

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I don’t know if this quote was directed at me but if it was forgive me for sharing information that I find facinating. Maybe doing those duck and cover drills planted the seed. Nuclear weapon development has been an area of interest of mine for some time. I thought some others might find this information interesting and maybe do some investigating of their own. The internet makes it so easy. Rather than thinking that someone is talking down to you, allow yourself to be challenged and expand your knowledge. If not, well... there is always midget porn.
I’ve read untold books and transcripts on the Manhattan Project. Given the time span and what they accomplished imho it was (dubiously) the greatest industrial achievement in history.

I’ve been wanting to get out to Hanford and the B reactor site.

The Atomic Heritage Foundation has a lot of info of you dig around. Some of it is really fascinating. First use of Teflon, the magnetic separation facility etc. I have a lot of books on Hanford, Idaho test station, Rockey Flats, TMI, Chernobyl, etc. etc.
 

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I find it fascinating myself; thanks for the tech, guys. I'm not up to speed on the process of nuclear fusion and details of these bombs....I wasn't even thinking about it until Tsar Bomba popped up on my YT Recommended-Viewing page for some reason and I clicked it. And I've learned something reading this thread.

Anyone ever seen a nuclear test? I have...from about 400 miles away, while riding with my parents from LA to Texas back in the late 50s. Air burst detonated in the Nevada desert north of Vegas. 5am in the morning and it turned the sky nearly as bright as high noon for about 2 seconds. We watched the cloud for hours, and the shock wave hit us about 40 minutes after the light did.
 

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Fusion (thermonuclear) is the process that the sun uses where two lighter particles are pushed together to form a heavier one. It releases a lot more energy than fission (Hiroshima) which is when a heavier particle is split into two smaller ones.

To start a fusion reaction weapon requires incredible energy that comes from a fission weapon.

The energy released is staggering. Only a small amount of the material reacts before it blows itself apart.

I believe with the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs (both very different types and elements) roughly only one gram of material was entirely converted to energy.... about a paper clips worth.

With any type of fire, chemical release of energy the entire mass of the components still exists after the event.

With nuclear fission the mass is converted into energy. Some of the mass “weight” no longer exists.

The core of a nuclear reactor weighs less when removed than when installed although nothing but energy has left the core. This loss of weight is where E=mc2 comes from.

The energy (E) released equals the mass (m) converted times the speed of light squared (c2).

The energy contained in atoms is really hard to grasp especially given the fact that they’re mostly comprised of empty space.
 
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