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New Zealand planned to develop 'tsunami bomb' during World War II
news.com.au ^ | December 31, 2012 6:27AM | Ray Waru

Posted on 01/02/2013 11:44:28 AM PST by virgil283

"...buried in New Zealand's national archives,.. a bizarre WWII plan to create a "tsunami bomb"....." The project was launched in June 1944 after a US naval officer noticed that blasting operations to clear coral reefs around Pacific islands sometimes produced a large wave, raising the possibility of creating a "tsunami bomb". Explosive tests carried out in waters north of Auckland led scientists to conclude that the weapon was feasible and a series of 10 massive blasts offshore could create a 10-metre tsunami capable of inundating a small coastal city. "It was absolutely astonishing," Waru said".... .."Waru said the project was shelved in early 1945, despite the success of initial, small-scale tests."

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TOPICS: History
KEYWORDS: worldwarii

1 posted on 01/02/2013 11:44:37 AM PST by virgil283
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To: virgil283

Gosh, darn shame if one were to fall into the Potomac...


2 posted on 01/02/2013 11:50:02 AM PST by februus
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To: virgil283

Interesting. Now I wonder if this could be used for benevolent purposes. Waves can destructively interfere with each other, so if you knew a tsunami was coming and could send a similar wave towards it, to collide at just the right spot, you might negate the tsunami, at least theoretically.


3 posted on 01/02/2013 12:31:12 PM PST by Boogieman
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To: virgil283

Darn shame weapon didn’t come to fruition. We could have employed it on Iwo Jima, Peleliu, etc. Would have saved thousands of US Military...


4 posted on 01/02/2013 12:37:12 PM PST by donozark (I was planning to spend Christmas in Damascus, until I read Isiah 17:1...)
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To: Boogieman

could be possible, some twenty years ago there was research to use sound waves to cancel out noise by ‘reversing’ them electronicaly.....


5 posted on 01/02/2013 12:38:56 PM PST by virgil283 ( *- telling the truth is a revolutionary act-*)
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To: virgil283

Modern computing will make this one a very viable weapon, suitable for asymetric warfare.


6 posted on 01/02/2013 12:39:14 PM PST by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (Vendetta))
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To: donozark

The Japanese were so well dug into Iwo Jima that it was inevitable that we had to go onto the island and root them all out.

The only thing that could have prevented it was if the island had tipped over...


7 posted on 01/02/2013 12:45:01 PM PST by Delta Dawn (The whole truth.)
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To: virgil283

“...blasting operations to clear coral reefs around Pacific islands...”

Oooooooooooo, that’s gonna go over “like a fart in church”, with the enviro-wacko crowd.


8 posted on 01/02/2013 12:54:26 PM PST by carriage_hill ("I meant to say maggot, but I have a lisp.")
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To: Delta Dawn

Drown them in place. Those on Mt. Suribachi would starve eventually. As would those on N end of island. Anything to reduce our casualties.


9 posted on 01/02/2013 1:00:27 PM PST by donozark (I was planning to spend Christmas in Damascus, until I read Isiah 17:1...)
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To: virgil283

“some twenty years ago there was research to use sound waves to cancel out noise by ‘reversing’ them electronicaly.....”

The research is a reality now, that’s exactly how “noise cancelling” headphones work.


10 posted on 01/02/2013 1:07:26 PM PST by Boogieman
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To: virgil283
but....

those quiet sweet people are SO concerned about freedom and peace that THEY would NEVER think of actually do such a thing..... would they?

11 posted on 01/02/2013 1:07:31 PM PST by jongaltsr
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To: virgil283

Then again the same effect could be had by moochelle cannonballing off a yacht.....


12 posted on 01/02/2013 1:38:37 PM PST by pricilla (one should always try to be smarter than the equipment one is operating - Amajato)
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To: pricilla
Then again the same effect could be had by moochelle cannonballing off a yacht.....

I think if you wanted it to be truly "weapons grade", you'd have to use Michael Moore.

But then you'd need a ship large enough to get him out to sea, and that could be a problem.


13 posted on 01/02/2013 1:44:54 PM PST by chrisser (Senseless legislation does nothing to solve senseless violence.)
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To: chrisser
You just inspired a delightful little mind picture of bombing the Iranian nuclear facility with Michael Moore.

Thank you!

Now I'm visualizing the Iranian ten o'clock news as they try to figure out what they just got bombed with...

"Shabaabaa wabaabaa mikindu waheel..."Zionist enemies...attacking..."Bahbeedahwahbee bibi afreet baboosh..."Problem in the translation...something like 'Mother of All Man-Pigs'...can't make it out...

14 posted on 01/02/2013 2:08:13 PM PST by fattigermaster
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To: virgil283
Man, all this time I thought 'Tsunami Bomb' was just a punk band.

Tsunami Bomb - Lemonade

15 posted on 01/02/2013 9:52:59 PM PST by BBell (And Now for Something Completely Different)
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