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The World’s Largest Nuclear Explosion That Was Hidden For Decades

Russia has released footage of the 1961 detonation of the Tsar Bomb.

Featured image courtesy of YouTube / Reuters

It is safe to say that nuclear weapons are terrifying. The devastation seen after the United States dropped two atom bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki scared the world straight; that is considering those were the only two instances in which nuclear weapons were used in warfare. 

Still, those two bombs were not the only nuclear weapons used in the history of the world. According to the United Nations, there have been more than 2,000 nuclear tests conducted to date. One of those tests being the dropping of the Tsar bomb by Russia, which had the video of its testing released after being hidden for decades. 

If you are unfamiliar with the testing of the Tsar Bomb here are a few notes:

  • Tsar Bomb was dropped on October 30, 1961 off the coast of Severny Island. 
  • The Bomb was 3,333 times more powerful than the bomb dropped on Hiroshima, Japan.
  • The weapon weighed 27 tonnes. 
  • Its blast destroyed buildings within 55 kilometers of it.

In my opinion, looking at these facts is more jaw dropping than the video itself. I mean, you can see the big mushroom cloud as the explosion stretches across the horizon, but I don’t think it does the true power of the this weapon justice. Seeing how much stronger the bomb is compared to the one the United States detonated in Japan made my jaw drop.

Either way, this is insane. The pure power exerted by a bomb tested in the 1960’s makes me scared for what someone in power of these weapons today could do. 

Regardless, there is no place for nuclear weapons. Unless aliens invade, there is no need to use something of this magnitude. The death and destruction it causes is unnecessary; even if it is in the throws of war.

So instead of spending money on ridiculous weapons- that could destroy the human race -countries should put those resources towards health care and education: just an idea.

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