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.
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...”
The movie is on netflix, you have to search for it.
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.
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.
High resolution link.
Wonder why it’s being reported as if they recently learned of these leaks?
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.
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.....
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.
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!
Hardcore redneck fishing at it’s best!
BFL. This should be cool.
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.
I apologize for asking you one question about the media reports.
I’ll ask someone else.
I keep telling myself to look at this later, but I keep forgetting to bookmark it for myself...
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