Underwater Nukes: Are There Tsunamis That Aren’t Really Tsunamis?


This post compiles a series of frightning videos of underwater explosion videos… And it makes you wonder if there was ever a tsunami that wasn’t actually a tsunami!

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Operation Hardtack Umbrella (name of the bomb) underwater nuke. Photo: Wiki

This first video was taken in a underwater rock quarry. And it caused a gigantic wave!

This footage is from operation Hardtack and this explosion is from an 8-kiloton nuclear bomb named Umbrella. Amazing, no… Nothing would resist this fury!

Just think that the operation umbrella bomb was an 8 kiloton yield. U.S.A. has weapons (possibly retired now?) that were in the 25 megaton range or 25000 kilotons. The russians detonated the Tsar bomb at 50 megatons. It was the most powerful nuclear device in the history of mankind. This video shows the original footage of the detonation.

And what about a tsunami bomb?

As it turns out, that idea was actually tested by the USA and New Zealand during the Second World War in a programme code named Project Seal.

The tests revealed that a single explosion would not produce a tsunami, but concluded that a line of 2,000,000 kg (4,400,000 lb) of explosives about 8 km (5.0 mi) off the coast could create a destructive wave.

So it might technically be possible, but it would take a heck of a lot of effort to pull off.

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  1. A tsunami is a massive displacement of water caused mainly by earthquakes and volcanoes, but they can also by caused by landslides, asteroids, and yes – EXPLOSIONS.

    A tsunami is, by definition, displaced water. It doesn’t have to be huge to be a tsunami. You even create a tsunami by cannonballing into a swimming pool.

    This is a tsunami. Nice try though.

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