Skip to comments.Photos from the World’s First Underwater Nuclear Explosion
Posted on 02/24/2013 10:42:21 PM PST by SWAMPSNIPER
In 1946, the United States conducted a series of nuclear weapon tests at Bikini Atoll in whats known as Operation Crossroads. A total of two bombs were detonated to test the effects nuclear blasts had on naval warships. The second, named Baker, was the worlds first nuke to be detonated underwater. Due to the unique properties of underwater explosions, the Baker test produced a number of unique photographs that the world had never seen before.
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Thanks for sharing. It’s amazing how powerful these things are.
I wonder if it made a local or widespread tsunami? Or was the water just vaporized and therefore no wave?
Not only the blast, but the effect the nukes had on life on the Bikini Atoll's ocean floor:
Meanwhile, lagoon water rushing back into the space vacated by the rising gas bubble started a tsunami-like water wave which lifted the ships as it passed under them. At 11 seconds after detonation, the first wave was 1,000 feet (305 m) from surface zero and 94 feet (29 m) high. By the time it reached the Bikini Island beach, 3.5 miles (6 km) away, it was a nine-wave set with shore breakers up to 15 feet (5 m) high, which tossed landing craft onto the beach and filled them with sand.
That’s pretty cool!
By the way, our experiments on Japan yielded some interesting results, too: On Hiroshima we used a uranium fueled bomb (”Little Boy”) and on Nagasaki a plutonium fueled bomb (”Fat Man”). It turned out that over the next couple of decades the incidence of new leukemia cases was far higher in Hiroshima than it was in Nagasaki.
Sitting a couple hundred yards outside the Hanford Reservation at the moment.
Not really much of a story here; they’ve been leaking all along.
The “big” one right now is about 300 gallons and is trapped above dry soil. Not in groundwater.
I was just telling my wife — these leaks are such a nano event compared to the subject of this thread.
Just read yesterday they've got six underground storage tanks leaking.
No tap water in your whiskey!
; ~ )
My Father was there. He had lots of stories to tell. And no - they weren’t about irradiated personnel (mostly.) Great stories though.
Thanks very much for the fascinating story, pictures and link to the very interesting site PetaPixel.
Yes, indeed. So will I. Thanks,again.
Check out “Trinity and Beyond - The Atomic Bomb Movie” It’s an incredible documentary hosted by Shatner. Lots of Atom/H-Bomb footage/info/history and even Russia’s Tzar Bomba 50 megaton blast.
That link has more than a few libridiots spouting the party line on it. Take blood pressure meds before reading.
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