- Russia marks the 75th anniversary of their atomic industry by releasing the previously classified footage of Tsar Bomba’s detonation in 1961.
- Tsar Bomba—‘King of Bombs’ was the largest thermonuclear weapon of all time, with an explosive yield of 50 megatons.
- They claimed it was 3,300 times as destructive as the nuclear bomb used in Hiroshima.
On October 1961, a modified Tu-95N ‘Bear’ bomber piloted by Major Andrei E. Durnovtsev, dropped the 27-ton, 26-foot-long Tsar Bomba over the remote Novaya Zemlya archipelago above the arctic circle.
He released the bomb at 10,500 meters and the parachute made it slowly descend to 4,000 meters in 188 seconds before it exploded.
The shockwave from the airburst was so powerful that the bomber tumbled 3,000 feet.
Despite the cloudy skies, people saw the bright flash of light at 1,000 kilometers. The mushroom cloud reached 210,000 feet high.
“A powerful white flash over the horizon and after a long period of time he heard a remote, indistinct and heavy blow, as if the earth has been killed!” said an observer from afar.
According to Popular Mechanics, an observer 168 miles away felt the heat of the explosion. Also, the nuke was capable of causing third-degree burns at 62 miles.
Tsar Bomba or RDS-220 (Big Ivan) was the world’s largest nuclear weapon ever built or detonated.
It was purportedly 3,300 times as destructive as Little Boy, the bomb that levelled Hiroshima. Moreover, it surpassed ‘Castle Bravo’, the nuke detonated by the US on Bikini Atoll in 1954, Reuters reported.
RDS-220 or Big Ivan, was remarkably developed in a short time. On July 1961, Soviet Premier Nikita Krushchev with then senior weapons designer Andrei Sakharov, ordered him to develop a 100-megaton bomb. However, the team was only able to build a device that could yield 50 megatons in the end.
He wanted the nuke to be ready for a series of tests in September. The goal was to ‘create maximum political impact’ from the tests according to The Nuclear Weapon Archive. The Soviet Union and the United States were engaged in a nuclear arms race.
The nickname Tsar Bomba is a reference to a popular Russian tradition for creating huge artifacts for show.
Soviet Union was only able to test the Tsar Bomba once because The Nuclear Ban Treaty took effect in 1963, consequently banning atmospheric nuclear explosions.
To mark the 75th anniversary of Russia’s atomic industry, they released this once classified footage of the Tsar Bomba explosion.
Watch the video:
Follow On Facebook
TikToker Shares How She Tricked Invaders Who Tried Opening The Hotel Door While She Was Alone
5-Year-Old Artist Already Getting Commissioned For Her Paintings
Hiker Discovers Creepy Alien-Like Creature That “Smells Like Rotting Flesh”
New York Store Is Selling ‘Wet Pants Denim’ For $75
Burglary Victim Writes Heartbreaking Note Begging Robber To Return Last Photos Dog
Meet The Gorgeous Actress Who Portrayed Zombie Queen In ‘Army Of The Dead’
Florida School Sparks Outrage After Editing 80 Female Students’ Photos To Cover Their Cleavage
McDonald’s Recruitment Poster Offers New Employees With Free iPhone After Working For 6 Months
Horrific Video Shows Lioness Attacking Circus Trainer In Russia
Taking 4,500 Steps A Day Could Help You Live Longer, Says Research
Man Iced Neighbor Who Repeatedly Asked Him “When Are You Getting Married?”
Do You Live in One of These 15 Countries With The Most Beautiful Women on Earth?
The Secret Meaning of Anklets And Why Some Wives Wear Them
Waking Up Between 3 to 5 AM Could Mean You’re Experiencing Spiritual Awakening
Divorced Man Wrote 20 Epic Marriage Advice He Wished He Could Have Had
Haunting Photos of Two Tourists Snapped Just Before They Mysteriously Disappeared
“Chastity Cages” is the Latest Thing for Men
Pork Fat Is Officially One of the World’s Most Nutritious Foods
Some Stranger Padlocked This Guy’s Earlobe And Ran Away With The Key
Three-Month-Old Baby Left Blind in One Eye After Family Friend Took His Picture
Interesting10 months ago
20 Countries With The Most Beautiful Women In The World
News6 months ago
Mexican Residents Tie Mayor To Tree After He Failed To Fulfill His Campaign Promise
OMG9 months ago
Savage Moment Husband Exposes Cheating Wife During Their Baby Shower
Stories9 months ago
An Old Lady Went To A Bank To Withdraw Some Money