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:: Bring Back the Bomb ::

Only two things scare me and one of them is nuclear war.

I've become obsessed with watching atom bomb test footage on the Internet. Along with satellite photography of hurricanes, few things in this world can both stun me with their beauty and horrify me with their power like the rising mushroom cloud of detonated nuke. In concept, they are just such an outlandish weapon. It takes a special kind of stupid to create the means to your own demise, but damn if we didn't do it anyway.

For this week's K-Files, I thought I'd share with you some of my favorite archival video that I've come across in my travels. So sit back and marvel at the shocking elegance...

The Nuclear Cannon

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This one is a personal favorite of mine.

It starts out simple enough: you see a kind of large artillery cannon pointing downrange to an open expanse of desert. It fires what looks to be a normal ballistic shell, but after a few seconds, there is still no explosion in the distance. Suddenly, definitely not the small plume of smoke you would expect from such a weapon, there's a blinding flash and friggen mushroom cloud begins to rise triumphantly into the atmosphere.

The effects of the blast are then shown on some vehicles and trees, which are blown away like paper by the explosion's shock-wave. It's nothing short of terrifying that such destruction was launched in such a minuscule package by such a mundane delivery method.

The Tsar Bomba

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Leave it to the Russians to detonate the largest man-made bomb of all time. Atomic weapons aren't just a bomb, they are the bomb...and the Tsar Bomba is the king of them all. Designed yield an explosive force of 100 megatons of TNT, the final product weighed in at a slightly less epic 50 megatons.

The fireball and mushroom cloud were almost unfathomably large. According to Wikipedia, the initial fireball, with a center around 4000 meters high, nearly reached the altitude of the plane that dropped it. Even more frightening, the cloud rose to over 60 km high--more than 7 times the height of Mount Everest. The detonation was so powerful, the shock-wave was still powerful enough to shatter windows hundreds of miles away in Finland.

It's an awe-inspiring, if not terrifying, video and the ultimate example of the outrageousness of atomic weapons.

Crossroads Baker

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This is definitely one of the more famous atomic bomb videos. Detonated underwater, it was designed to test the effects an atomic explosion would have on a naval fleet. As can be seen in the video, the effects are catastrophic. Unlike the usual explosion of fire and wind, Baker is unique in that the massive plume of the bomb is made of seawater--shot into the air evaporated by the intense heat of the detonation.

I've tried to imagine what it would be like to be standing on the deck of one of the ships that can be seen at the base of the explosion. Assuming you somehow managed to survive the initial blast without being thrown away like a leaf, you would be faced with a massive wall of water completely filling your field of vision. *shudder*

Operation Dominic

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By the time of the high-altitude, thermonuclear tests of Operation Dominic, the US and Soviet Union were performing hundreds of detonations. God only knows how many cases of cancer can be traced to the radioactive material these tests threw into the atmosphere.

In this particular explosion, the high-altitude fireball takes on a different look than the stereotypical mushroom cloud. Growing down from underneath appears to be an almost organic-like stem as the red and orange dome writhes in fury upwards. Towards the end of the video, what almost looks like a tornado reaches up from the ground to meet the explosion.

As destructive as it may be, its beauty is undeniable.

Project Cannikin

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This last video is different from the rest, as the bomb was detonated completely underground. Although there's no massive fireball and shock-wave throwing everything about, its effects are no less devastating.

Far more destructive looking than any normal earthquake footage you may have seen, the way the explosion causes the ground to ripple and collapse is a testament to the power of even a relatively small 5 megaton blast. It was so powerful, in fact, that the mile-wide crater it formed turned into a large lake after it filled with water.

Alright then, that's all for this week's K-Files. I hope you all enjoyed watching the video selection as I had finding them.

:: Dead End ::

Well, that's all for this week. I trust you enjoyed your trip into this shadowy nether-realm known only as the K-Files.

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Keep your eyes peeled for the next  K-Files, arriving sometime next week. Later.

~Khyron, 2007.


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