This glorious never-before-seen HD video of atomic bomb tests have been released by the site Atom Central. The fascinating footage was from tests done in part of Operation Teapot at the U.S. Military’s Nevada Test Range in 1955.
Despite the awesome power of an atomic bomb, they are weak compared to more modern nuclear weapons (This is relatively speaking of course, these “weak” weapons completely leveled the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and killed at least 129,000 people). The bombs that you see in the video are atomic bombs which utilize fission. Their amount of energy ranges from approximately 20,000 to 200,000 tons of TNT.
A thermonuclear weapon weighing little more than 2,400 pounds can produce an explosive force comparable to the detonation of more than of TNT 1.2 million tons of TNT.
Be in awe of the scary beauty in this enormous explosion and witness the sheer cataclysmic force that these primitive, yet Earth-shaking weapons can dispense. Watch and let’s all be thankful that our dumb species has managed to make it this long without unleashing the devastating fury of one of these more modern doomsday weapons.