The Most Powerful Nuclear Weapon Ever Tested By Humankind
This chilling video shows the effects of the most powerful nuclear weapon ever tested in human history. The weapon was a 50 megaton hydrogen bomb also known as the Tsar bomb. Despite the technological advances made since the Tsar bombs test drop on Oct. 30, 1961 it remains the most powerful nuclear weapon ever to be tested by humankind.
The bomb was dropped under the orders of Nikita Khrushchev during his reign over the Soviet Union. Khrushchev hoped that the display would strike fear into the hearts of Americans and display the Soviet Union’s nuclear capabilities. The bomb was dropped in the Novaya Zemlya archipelago, off the northern coast of Russia, but its effects were felt all over the world.
The explosion was so large it was picked up by seismic stations all over the world. The seismic shock created by the detonation was measurable even on its third passage around the Earth and even blew out windows in Norway and Finland.
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