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Photos from the World’s First Underwater Nuclear Explosion
PETAPIXEL ^ | February 18, 2013 | Michael Zhang

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 what’s 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 world’s 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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TOPICS: Arts/Photography; Chit/Chat; History; Military/Veterans
KEYWORDS: 1946; baker; bakerbomb; bikiniatoll; history; nucleartest; nuke; opcrossroads; operationcrossroads; pacific; underwater

1 posted on 02/24/2013 10:42:32 PM PST by SWAMPSNIPER
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Thanks for sharing. It’s amazing how powerful these things are.


2 posted on 02/24/2013 10:49:19 PM PST by Viennacon
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Wow.


3 posted on 02/24/2013 10:52:25 PM PST by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

I wonder if it made a local or widespread tsunami? Or was the water just vaporized and therefore no wave?


4 posted on 02/24/2013 10:58:26 PM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by Nature, not Nurture™)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER
Powerful stuff.

Not only the blast, but the effect the nukes had on life on the Bikini Atoll's ocean floor:


5 posted on 02/24/2013 11:04:08 PM PST by Yossarian ("All the charm of Nixon. All the competency of Carter." - SF Chronicle comment post on Obama)
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To: steve86

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.[68] 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.[69]


6 posted on 02/24/2013 11:20:14 PM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by Nature, not Nurture™)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Bflr


7 posted on 02/24/2013 11:31:22 PM PST by colinhester
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To: steve86
That was just and Atom Bomb. The first hydrogen bomb was 1952 with exponentially greater yield..
8 posted on 02/24/2013 11:35:12 PM PST by higgmeister ( In the Shadow of The Big Chicken!)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

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.


9 posted on 02/24/2013 11:36:59 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: higgmeister

Sitting a couple hundred yards outside the Hanford Reservation at the moment.


10 posted on 02/24/2013 11:46:16 PM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by Nature, not Nurture™)
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To: steve86

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-02-22/radioactive-waste-leaking-washingtons-hanford-nuclear-reservation


11 posted on 02/24/2013 11:56:53 PM PST by ltc8k6
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To: steve86
Do the hairs stand up on the back of your neck? Do fluorescent tubes suddenly glow for no apparent reason?
12 posted on 02/24/2013 11:58:05 PM PST by higgmeister ( In the Shadow of The Big Chicken!)
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To: ltc8k6

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.


13 posted on 02/24/2013 11:59:47 PM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by Nature, not Nurture™)
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To: steve86
“Hanford”

Just read yesterday they've got six underground storage tanks leaking.

No tap water in your whiskey!

14 posted on 02/25/2013 12:03:02 AM PST by zeestephen
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To: Yossarian

; ~ )


15 posted on 02/25/2013 12:21:15 AM PST by antceecee (Bless us Father.. have mercy on us and protect us from evil.)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

My Father was there. He had lots of stories to tell. And no - they weren’t about irradiated personnel (mostly.) Great stories though.


16 posted on 02/25/2013 1:05:44 AM PST by golux
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Thanks very much for the fascinating story, pictures and link to the very interesting site PetaPixel.


17 posted on 02/25/2013 1:32:41 AM PST by lbryce (BHO:"Now, I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds by way Oppenheiner at Trinity NM)
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To: lbryce
I subscribe to it, lots of interesting stuff.
18 posted on 02/25/2013 1:34:31 AM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Yes, indeed. So will I. Thanks,again.


19 posted on 02/25/2013 1:36:21 AM PST by lbryce (BHO:"Now, I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds by way Oppenheiner at Trinity NM)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

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.


20 posted on 02/25/2013 1:57:00 AM PST by Norm Lenhart
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Thanks for posting, but now that song will be in my head all day.

“We’ll meet again, don’t know where, don’t know when...”


21 posted on 02/25/2013 2:46:27 AM PST by HartleyMBaldwin
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To: Norm Lenhart

The movie is on netflix, you have to search for it.


22 posted on 02/25/2013 3:23:38 AM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: lbryce; SkyDancer
Saw the link.

It looks as though there's an aircraft in the air. (To the right of the explosion... Looks like a PBY Catalina?)

The image is stunning though.

23 posted on 02/25/2013 3:32:34 AM PST by Northern Yankee (Where Liberty dwells, there is my Country. - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

The ship that got tossed into the air, creating the black smudge in the mushroom column, was battleship USS Arkansas. Oldest and smallest battleship in the fleet (pre-WWI, mounted 12” guns rather than the 14” and 16” of later BBs), but still a pretty substantial-sized ship.


24 posted on 02/25/2013 3:33:21 AM PST by tanknetter
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To: lbryce; SkyDancer

High resolution link.


25 posted on 02/25/2013 3:35:01 AM PST by Northern Yankee (Where Liberty dwells, there is my Country. - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: steve86

Wonder why it’s being reported as if they recently learned of these leaks?

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/363719/gov-6-underground-hanford-nuclear-tanks-leaking

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57570911/hanford-nuclear-reservations-leaking-tanks-latest-woe-for-decades-old-site/

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/23/us-usa-nuclear-leak-idUSBRE91L19G20130223


26 posted on 02/25/2013 4:23:36 AM PST by ltc8k6
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

later read


27 posted on 02/25/2013 4:24:27 AM PST by digger48
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To: digger48

Gozira !


28 posted on 02/25/2013 4:50:32 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (NRA Life Member)
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To: digger48

Interesting fact. Just sitting reading this post, you have over 500 kilo ton of energy. The earth is moving through the galaxy at about 1,300,000 mph or 361 m/sec. Your body is almost all water which is denser than ice. The reader of this post has 22 times the energy of explosion.

http://impact.ese.ic.ac.uk/ImpactEffects/


29 posted on 02/25/2013 4:58:31 AM PST by Manta (Obama to issue executive order repealing laws of physics)
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To: Manta
The reader of this post has 22 times the energy

I don't know about that, I've been feeling pretty lethargic lately. I think I expended all my boom when I was in my 20's.....

30 posted on 02/25/2013 5:14:23 AM PST by Hot Tabasco (Jab her with a harpoon or just throw her from the train......)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

My Dad participated in these tests while in the US Navy after the surrender of Japan. His ship USS Hughes. DD410 is at the bottom of the Bikini Atoll.


31 posted on 02/25/2013 6:08:41 AM PST by sonrise57 (Help us God for evil men have surrounded us.)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Holy carp! That must have carved-out a huge hole in the ocean floor. I wonder how much - millions of tons of - underwater debris was blown skyward? I can’t even begin to think of the ramifications of that blast. Thanks for the link!


32 posted on 02/25/2013 6:23:13 AM PST by carriage_hill (AR-10s & AR-15s Are The 21st Century's Muskets. Free Men Need Not Ask Permission!)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Hardcore redneck fishing at it’s best!


33 posted on 02/25/2013 6:44:51 AM PST by Epsdude
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

BFL. This should be cool.


34 posted on 02/25/2013 7:03:16 AM PST by zeugma (Those of us who work for a living are outnumbered by those who vote for a living.)
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To: ltc8k6
These particular leaks were discovered recently. There have been hundreds of similar leaks over the years. What's your great interest in pushing this?
35 posted on 02/25/2013 7:50:55 AM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by Nature, not Nurture™)
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To: higgmeister
That was just and Atom Bomb. The first hydrogen bomb was 1952 with exponentially greater yield..

That's when they went from kiloton to megaton. It was Operation Ivy at Eniwetok Atoll. The device was Ivy Mike. My father was there.

36 posted on 02/25/2013 9:40:22 AM PST by Antoninus II
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To: steve86

I apologize for asking you one question about the media reports.

I’ll ask someone else.


37 posted on 02/25/2013 9:51:42 AM PST by ltc8k6
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

I keep telling myself to look at this later, but I keep forgetting to bookmark it for myself...


38 posted on 02/27/2013 8:44:07 AM PST by GreenAccord (Bacon Akbar)
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