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Just How Powerful is a Modern Nuclear Bomb?

The largest nuclear bomb ever detonated was a 50,000 kiloton (1,000 tons=1 kiloton) hydrogen bomb named the “Tsar Bomba” and it is considered the most powerful man-made creation in history. The Russians nicknamed this bomb Kuz’kina Mat, which roughly translates to “We’ll Show You.” If you built a bomb of the same size and shape from the material in the sun’s core, it would take 10 million years to generate the same amount of energy.

Tsar Bomba Russian Nuclear Bomb

The Massive Tsar Bomba

The bomb dropped on Hiroshima by the United States was dubbed “Little Boy” and its counterpart that was dropped on Nagasaki was named “Fat Man.” These two bombs were the first nuclear bombs ever used and they were 15 kilotons, and 21 kilotons respectively.

If you have seen the aftermath pictures of what these bombs did, you might be able to grasp some of the devastating horror these weapons inflicted. These bombs are however tiny little infants to the “Tsar Bomba”, which is 1,400 times more powerful than “Little Boy” and “Fat Man” combined.

This long info graphic gives a perspective of the horrifying scale of the bombs we have detonated in recent history:

It appears it would be quite easy to put an end to the world in a modern nuclear war.

via FastCodesign

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2 Responses to Just How Powerful is a Modern Nuclear Bomb?

  1. Anonymous says:

    What about “Tzar-bomb”? (52Mt) 🙂

  2. Great graphic — very easy to understand.

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