Saturday, June 21, 2014

The Cannikin Bomb

The Cannikin bomb was the largest thermonuclear bomb ever detonated underground by the United States.

From the Youtube video:

Cannikin was detonated on November 6th, 1971 on Amchitka island, Alaska. The announced yield was 5Mt. The explosive force, almost 400 times that of the bomb dropped on Hiroshima, lifted the ground by 6m. The explosion caused a seismic shock of 7.0 on the Richter scale. 

It is extremely unnerving that already 40 to 50 years ago humans could create bombs that could unleash such energy. With today's 30 minute delivery and weapon miniaturization one can only hope that calm and sane men control the important buttons.

For similar material check out this previous post.

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