Skip to comments.Report: Explosion destroys much of underground installation in Iran
Posted on 01/27/2013 8:51:39 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
An explosion deep within Irans Fordow nuclear facility has destroyed much of the installation, trapped about 240 personnel deep underground, according to a former intelligence officer of the Islamic regime, and reported by Reza Kahlili on Thursday.
The previously secret nuclear site has become a center for Irans nuclear activity because of the 2,700 centrifuges enriching uranium to the 20-percent level. A further enrichment to weapons grade would take only weeks, experts say.
The level of enrichment has been a major concern to Israeli officials, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu repeatedly has warned about the 20-percent enriched stockpile. The explosion occurred Monday, the day before Israeli elections weakened Netanyahus political control, said Kahlili.
Iran, to avoid alarm, had converted part of the stockpile to fuel plates for use in the Tehran Research Reactor. However, days after the recent failed talks with the International Atomic Energy Agency, Iranian officials announced the enrichment process will not stop even for a moment.
"The regimes uranium enrichment process takes place at two known sites: the Natanz facility with more than 10,000 centrifuges and Fordow with more than 2,700. The regime currently has enough low-grade (3.5 percent) uranium stockpiled for six nuclear bombs if further enriched."
However, more time is needed for conversion of the low-grade uranium than what would be needed for a stockpile at 20 percent. It takes 225 kilograms of enriched uranium at the 20-percent level to further enrich to the 90-percent level for one nuclear bomb. However, according to a source in the security forces protecting Fordow, an explosion on Monday at 11:30 a.m. Tehran time rocked the site, which is buried deep under a mountain and immune not only to airstrikes but to most bunker-buster bombs.
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Are these posts today all flowing from the WND story of the other day? One interesting coincidence is Drudge reporting that Israel is standing down from planning an air assault on Iran. If the reports of this explosion are accurate there would be less need to attack. Do the Israelis know because the explosion is the work of Mossad?
Another natural gas leak tragedy.
Post Israeli election result?
Ironic or is it Iranic?
My first thought
God works in mysterious ways protecting Israel.
I read somewhere that an actual bomb requires enrichment quite a bit higher than 90% ...
Heard this on John Batchelor’s show. Hope it is true, and hopefully all the trapped staff cannot be rescued - the “scientists” working on Auschwitz II in bomb form.
The were digging underground and hit shale containing hydrocarbons..../s.
“Another natural gas leak tragedy.”
or workplace violence.
It is amazing how many disasters this program of Iran has had. They lost the top military leaders while trying to mount a warhead to a missile. This is the second time in a couple months for Iran. Last year it was a virus. It looks like Israel is not going to be able to find a site to bomb.
John Batchelor seems to have some vvery deep connections.....and I always believe him.
This Pleases Netanyahu.
I bet Ubama is quite mad.
Don’t suppose that N. Korea missed and hit Iran?
These deep bunkers make excellent tombs. Let’s all hope these reports are true and that we have a big smoking hole in the ground with lots of radioactivity and corpses. Maybe they hit a gas pocket while digging some new tunnels..
Ah, I see said the blind man.
If that is what you think, maybe you shouldn’t broadcast it
People ridicule WND and dont give it credit as a ‘worthy’ news outlet, but they had this story days ago...
Nice underground installation ya got there...be a shame if something were to happen to it.
Does, ‘The previously secret nuclear site’ now = ‘big-@ss hole in the ground?’
Hope so! :)
Bibi is defying them and getting results.
I have an alibi. It wasn’t me.
I understood that completely.
Even if they make it all up that gives them as much journalistic standards as the MSM.
I thought that little Lymrick meant someone DIDN'T understand it.
You’re always crystal clear!
I would offer this observation...from the 240 folks deep below....they probably are among the best and brightest. So, it might be three years before you could assemble another team of such caliber from Iran, and go to the next round. It’d be like an NFL plane going down with an entire team...taking several years for them to rebuild.
Well, here’s a thought.
Why doesn’t somebody look up the Earthquake activity for the DAY in question and see if there seemed to be some significant ‘activity’ in that area, that day ???
I don’t see any significant activity a week ago (using Earthquake 3D), but it might not be listed on the source I’m using. Perhaps it was very weak. It should still show up on the logs.
almost as bad as the canoe accident where I lost all my guns....../s
Bad falafels from the lunch wagon that day.
Does this surprise anyone? I’ve gotta imagine this “accident” has been years in the making.
I hope He’ll decide to protect the USA soon.
But then again, we may not be worth protecting in His opinion when we are trying, ever which way, to offend Him.
Nope. You can use lower enrichment with no problem, as long as you use the right component design (gun-type or implosion) and mass of enriched uranium.
The Hiroshima "gun-type" bomb used 64 kg of uranium. 50 kg were enriched to 88%, and 14 kg were enriched to 50%. The average enrichment was just under 80%.
The critical mass for 85% enriched uranium is approximately 50 kilograms / 110 lbs. This is a sphere about 6-3/4" in diameter.
The Hiroshima bomb, as a gun-design, was not even tested prior to dropping. The design concept was deemed so reliable it was considered guaranteed to work.
Approximately 21 to 30 ounces (est.) of the core mass actually converted into energy in the explosion. The explosive force was equivalent to 32,000,000 lbs of TNT - (16 kt = 32 million pounds).
The origin of the story was Reza Kahlili
reporting on Thursday John Bachelor show.
He mentioned that Stuxnet was involved.
God protects those who protect themselves.
I believe any party involved already KNOWS how this happened and the speculation on a right wing forum would have the impact of a spitball on the frontal armor of an Abrams tank. I don’t ascribe even that impact to any post I make here.
hmmmmm....let me guess:
1. The Ox cart delivering the falafels had a little extra sauce in it. Iranian syrup has a certain “kick” to it.
2. Al-Qaeda suicide bombers got their addresses mixed up.
3. Yoko Ono blames it on fracking.
4. Iron Man and Thor were in the neighborhood...what the heck, test out the new weapon systems....Thor has a wicked backhand.
5. Achmed the dead terrorist cut the wrong wire....again!!! Dang it!!! Silence....I KILL YOU!!!!
6. Reports of a middle aged man stroking a white cat have not been confirmed.
“Do the Israelis know because the explosion is the work of Mossad?”
“If that is what you think, maybe you shouldnt broadcast it.”
“In related news, Luxembourg, the Principality of Monaco, Barbados and the Republic of Kiribati have all been ruled out as suspects.”
Need I say it? /sarc