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What If All Nuclear Weapons Exploded At Once?


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What If All Nuclear Weapons Exploded At Once?
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What If All Nuclear Weapons Exploded At Once?
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It could be said that the invention of the nuclear weapon is probably one of man’s greatest achievements. But at the same time, it’s also one of the most terrifying inventions ever created. Some say the threat of nuclear war is still very real while others say that it will never happen. But just how much destructive capability would all the world’s nuclear weapons have if they exploded at the same time?
Robert J. Oppenheimer was the father of the atomic bomb.

He was officially credited by the War Department "with achieving the implementation of atomic energy for military purposes." But after he saw it’s devastating power, which was like nothing anyone had expected, he and others had started to question the work that they accomplished.

After the successful detonation of the bomb, he made a statement in which he remembered some text from some ancient Hindu scripture and he was quoted as saying ‘Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.’ It was the beginning of a frightening new era, and since it’s invention, there has been an ongoing race to see who could build the most powerful nuclear weapon.

The RDS-220 hydrogen bomb, also known as the Tsar Bomba, was the biggest and most powerful thermonuclear bomb ever made. It was exploded by the Soviet Union on October 30, 1961, over Novaya Zemlya Island in the Russian Arctic Sea. It was estimated to be a 57-megaton weapon. The bomb was so big that it was said to be more constructing a small house than building a bomb. It was 26-feet long and was 7-feet in diameter and it weighed 60,000 pounds. At the time it wasn’t possible to put this powerful of a warhead on a rocket. It was simply a true display of raw power.

During the same time, the United States was testing another weapon.
The B-41… also known as the MK-41 was a three-stage nuclear weapon which was a tertiary stage bomb, meaning it had an additional fusion stage compressed by a previous fusion stage. This meant that a bomb could be made with yields as large as desired. The B-41 was 12 feet 4 inches long and was 4 feet 4 inches in diameter with a 25 megaton yield and weighed 10,690 pounds.

Despite the terrifying power of these weapons, conventional warheads that missiles are able to carry only have a yield of 1.2 to 1.5 megatons. However, one should not make the mistake thinking that this is not a powerful weapon. Some super heavy intercontinental missiles can carry any number of warheads from a single independent warhead up to 10 warheads.

In 1985 there were 70,000 nuclear warheads on the planet either stockpiled or retired. Today there are 14,465 nuclear warheads, and of these, approximately 9,335 are in the military stockpiles. The rest are awaiting dismantlement. 3,750 warheads are deployed with operational forces, of which about 1,800 US, Russian, British and French warheads are on high alert, ready for use on short notice.
The current largest nuclear weapon in the US stockpile is a 1.2 megaton yield nuclear weapon, the B83 and Russia have the super-heavy thermonuclear-armed RS-28 Sarmat, or as NATO designates them, the Satan 2 which can be fitted with 10 (ten) 750-kiloton warheads. Most warheads could either be combined on a single ICBM or fitted independently on smaller rockets.

If all the nuclear bombs including the ones locked up in bunkers and all the warheads that are deployed in missile silos exploded, they would cause incredible damage and loss of lives despite the fact that some warheads would be in missile silos and in storage bunkers. Some of these warheads would be in nuclear bunkers deep in the ground and the explosions would trigger massive earthquakes. It wouldn’t be much different than an all-out nuclear war except the missiles would be in the ground. Nuclear weapons are configured to detonate in one of two ways, either by ground impact or airburst where the weapon explodes when it reaches a certain altitude. Airburst nuclear explosions can create much more damage and increase the explosion pressure and damage. That is why most nuclear weapons are configured to air burst detonate. But less pressure doesn’t mean less devastation.

The crater left from the explosion would be massive. The amount of radioactivity that it would spread would end life as we know it in just days depending on where the explosion was. The explosion might cause a massive tectonic plate movement and there would be massive Earthquakes and volcanos as a chain reaction across the planet began after the explosion.

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