Friday, March 27, 2009

Tsar Bomba (The King of Bombs)

This was one big mother fucker.
The bomb was built and eventually tested on October 30, 1961, on the west coast of Novaya Zemlya Island (Arctic Sea).

Estimated to have had a yield of 50,000,000 TONS of TNT.

Heat from the explosion was enough to cause 3rd degree burns 62 miles away.

Mushroom cloud was nearly 7 times taller than Mt. Everest (~40 miles).

The seismic shock from the blast could be measured on its third passage around the Earth.

The fireball from the explosion was nearly 5 miles in diameter:

*According to its Wiki (seems legit for what little math I did):  the entire fission-fusion process, lasting around 39 nanoseconds, was about 5.4 yottawatts (5.4 X 10^24), equivalent to about 1.4% of the power output of the sun.

A comparison to other notable bombs:

Here's something fun. Type your address or any address that you can find on google maps, and drop a bomb there and see how big the blast and fallout is:

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