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Nuclear explosion: Operation Crossroads – BAKER
Test:Baker; Date:July 24 1946; Operation:Crossroads; Site:Bikini Atoll lagoon, Marshall Islands; Detonation:Underwater, depth – 90ft(27.5m); Yield:23kt; Type:Fission;
Second test in the Crossroads operation and the 5th nuclear explosion in the mankind’s history. Baker was the continuation of the study of the nuclear weapon effects on the naval vessels and personnel. The bomb has been encased in a watertight shell and placed beneath the landing ship LSM-60. LSM-60 itself has been placed approximately in the center of the target fleet which consisted of 71 vessels. Closest to the device was the aircraft Carrier USS Saratoga. To study the effects of the heat, blast and radiation numerous lab. animals, plants and even biological warfare agents were brought in and placed on the target ships.
Eight ships were sunk or capsized: USS Saratoga, USS Arkansas, the submarines USS Apogon and USS Pilotfish, the Nagato, LSM-60, the concrete dry dock ARDC-13, and the barge YO-160. Eight more vessels were severely damaged.
The explosion lifted several million tons of water in the air. In its apogee the water column was 2000ft(600m) high with walls 300ft(100m) thick. Obviously the explosion generated huge waves in the ocean. Aircraft carrier USS Saratoga’s stern was rising 43ft(13.5m)! above the surface, on the crest of the first wave.
The entire lagoon has been contaminated with radioactive particles. Matter of fact, for the first 24 hours after Baker detonation the radiation levels were lethal, and remained very dangerous for the next week. Nuclear explosion Photo: US Navy/Wikicommons

 Nuclear Explosions   I am become Death [34 Pics]


Introduction

I am become Death, the Destroyer of Worlds.” Quote: Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer

Nuclear Explosions – “The effects could well be called unprecedented, magnificent, beautiful, stupendous and terrifying. No man-made phenomenon of such tremendous power had ever occurred before.” Quote: General Thomas Farrell.

Mushroom clouds forms as the center of the explosion is VERY HOT and hot air rises from the middle, pulling up the rest of the explosion (the smoke and debris) from the surrounding area. The middle rises faster because it’s hotter, so it becomes more of a mushroom shaped.

You can never look straight at a nuclear explosions for the same reason you can’t look at the sun. The the momentary flash of a nuke is MUCH brighter than the sun (for a tiny fraction of the second), which will overload your optic nerves. You don’t even have time to blink or turn your head.

We will end the intro with a quote from Dr. Kenneth Bainbridge, Director of Trinity Test: “Now we are all sons-of-bitches.

Hint: Use “J” and “K” keys to navigate from picture to picture.

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Nuclear explosion: Operations Castle – ROMEO
Date:March 26, 1954;
Operation:Castle; Site:Barge in the Bravo crater, Bikini atoll;
Detonation:Barge Shot; Yield:11 Mgt; Type:Fission/Fusion;
Originally Romeo test was the 6th in the Operation Castle schedule. However, extremely successful Bravo test changed the schedule, and Romeo has been moved to second position. The device used in the Romeo test, Runt I, was a larger version of the device used in Bravo test. It measured 224.9 inches in length, and had a diameter of 61.4 vs. 179.5×53.9 in Bravo device. The difference was in the fuel. Runt I used inexpensive, unenriched Lithium (7.5% Li6 isotope) deuteride. Original yield projection was 4 mgt, with the range of 1.5Mgt-7Mgt. As you can see no one was certain how this device would work. Mainly it was an experiment to see if the cheap thermonuclear fuel would work.
After Bravo test the projected yield has been doubled, 8Mgt, and the maximum yield increased to 15 Mgt. The explosion yielded 11 Mgt. Hence, it was almost 3 times higher than the original prediction.
Romeo was the first US nuclear test conducted on the barge. Considering that multi-megaton explosions were practically costing an island per explosion, there were no other choices. For the reference, the Romeo barge has been anchored in the Bravo crater. Nuclear explosion Photo: US Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration – Nevada Site Office

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Nuclear explosion: Operation Dominic: AZTEC
The AZTEC detonated 27. April 1962 on Christmas Island, It was a 410 kiloton Nuclear Bomb.

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Nuclear explosion: RANGER
RANGER Operation – 1951 – Photograph of detonation; specific test not identified. Nuclear explosion Photo: National Nuclear Security Administration / Nevada Site Office

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Nuclear explosion: TRINITY
Trinity was the code name of the first nuclear weapons test of an atomic bomb. This test was conducted by the United States Army on July 16, 1945, at a location about 35 miles (56 km) southeast of Socorro, New Mexico, at the White Sands Proving Ground, Trinity was a test of an implosion-design plutonium device. The weapon’s informal nickname was “The Gadget”. The Trinity detonation produced an explosive power equivalent to the explosion of about 20 kilotons of TNT. This date is usually considered to be the beginning of the Atomic Age. Nuclear explosion Photo: Wikicommons

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Hydrogen Bomb explosion: Operation Castle: BRAVO
Castle Bravo was the code name given to the first U.S. test of a dry fuel thermonuclear hydrogen bomb device, detonated on March 1, 1954 at Bikini Atoll, Marshall Islands, as the first test of Operation Castle. Castle Bravo was the most powerful nuclear device ever detonated by the United States, with a yield of 15 megatons. That yield, far exceeding the expected yield of 4 to 6 megatons, combined with other factors, led to the most significant accidental radiological contamination ever caused by the United States. Fallout from the detonation — intended to be a secret test — poisoned the islanders who had previously inhabited the atoll and returned there afterwards, as well as the crew of Daigo Fukuryū Maru (“Lucky Dragon No. 5″), a Japanese fishing boat, and created international concern about atmospheric thermonuclear testing. Hydrogen bomb Photo: Wikicommons

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Nuclear explosion: Operation Dominic, CHAMA
Yield: 1.59 Megatons
Location: Johnston Island. Date: 18.Oct.1962.

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Mushroom Cloud: Dominic: TRUCKEE

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Nuclear explosion: Operation Buster: DOG

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Nuclear explosion: Operation Buster: DOG

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Nuclear explosion: FIZEAU

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Nuclear explosion: Upshot Knothole – ANNIE
Operation Upshot-Knothole, ANNIE EVENT – a tower event conducted on 17 March 1953. Nuclear explosion Photo: Wikicommons

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Nuclear explosion: Licorne thermonuclear test in French Polynesia, Pic 1
Nuclear explosion Photo: Pierre J./French Army

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Nuclear explosion: Licorne thermonuclear test in French Polynesia, Pic 2
Nuclear explosion Photo: Pierre J./French Army

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Nuclear explosion: Licorne thermonuclear test in French Polynesia, Pic 3
Nuclear explosion Photo: Pierre J./French Army

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Nuclear explosion: Licorne thermonuclear test in French Polynesia, Pic 4
Nuclear explosion Photo: Pierre J./French Army

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Nuclear explosion: Operation Hardtack 1: OAK
Test:Oak; Date:June 28 1958; Operation:Hardtack I; Site:Enewetak Lagoon; Detonation:Barge, 8.6ft elevation from the surface;
Yield:8.9mgt; Type:Fission/Fusion;
Oak was a test of prototype device for TX-46 system designed in Los Alamos. A 8.9 Mgt detonation. Oak became 6th largest nuclear detonation even conducted by US.

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Nuclear explosion: Operation Hardtack 1: OAK
Nuclear explosion Photo: Wikicommons

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Nuclear explosion Ivy: MIKE
Test: Mike; Date:October 31, 1952;
Operation:Ivy; Site:Elugelab Island, Enwetak atoll; Detonation:Surface; Yield:10.400 Mgt; Type:Fission/Fusion;
The device called Sausage, detonated in the Mike test was the first true thermonuclear bomb ever tested. However, the Sausage was not a deliverable weapon. It was an enormous, complex device, 80 inches wide and 244 inches long. The entire assembly weighted 82 metric tons.
The explosion yielded 10.4 Mgt. Mike’s fireball measured 3 miles. The cloud formed by Mike shot was immense. Stabilized, it reached 135 000 ft high, and stretched 60 miles in diameter, which eventually spread over 1000 miles.
Mike destroyed the entire Elugelab island. The crater formed as a result of the explosion measured 6240ft(1.5Km) across and 164ft(53m) deep. Following the test, high levels of radiation covered most of the Enwetak atoll.
This was 4th largest test ever conducted by US, (the largest at that time). For comparison, this is more then all allied bombs dropped during WW II together. Nuclear explosion Photo: National Nuclear Security Administration / Nevada Site Office

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Nuclear explosion: UPSHOT-KNOTHOLE
GRABLE EVENT – Part of Operation Upshot-Knothole, was a 15-kiloton test fired from a 280-mm cannon on May 25, 1953 at the Nevada Proving Grounds Nuclear explosion Photo: National Nuclear Security Administration / Nevada Site Office

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Nuclear explosion: GEORGE
Nuclear explosion Photo: Wikicommons

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Operation Plumbbob – PRISCILLA

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Nuclear Bombs: Little Boy and Fat Man replicas
Nuclear explosion Photo: Atomic Archive

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Nuclear explosion, Operation Castle: ROMEO
Romeo was the first US nuclear test conducted on the barge. Considering that multi-megaton explosions were practically costing an island per explosion, there were no other choices. Nuclear explosion Photo: zvis.com

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Nuclear explosion, Operation Hardtack, UMBRELLA
Test:Umbrella; Date:June 8 1958; Operation:Hardtack I; Site:Enewetak Lagoon; Detonation:Underwater, depth – 150ft; Yield:8kt; Type:Fission

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Nuclear explosion, Operation Hardtack, UMBRELLA

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Nuclear explosion, Operation Redwing: SEMINOLE
Nuclear explosion Photo: Nuclear Weapons Archive

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Nuclear explosion, operation Dominic: YESO
Test:Yeso; Date:June 10 1962; Operation:Dominic; Site:20 Mi. S of Christmas Island; Detonation:B-52 Airdrop, altitude – 8,325ft; Yield:3.0mgt; Type:Fission/Fusion; Wikicommons

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Nuclear explosion, operation Dominic: YESO

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Nuclear explosion, Operation Upshot-Knothole: ANNIE
Date : March 17, 1953
Operation : Upshot, Review : Annie, Location : Knothole, Nevada Test Site, Area 4, Load : 16 kt. Nuclear explosion Photo: Wikicommons

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Nuclear explosion Rhéa
Picture of an atmospheric nuclear test in French Polynesia, August 1971. The test took place on the 14th August, 1971, was a thermonuclear warhead codenamed Rhéa and yielded 1000 kt. It took place in Moruroa, and the picture was taken at about 60 km from ground zero. Nuclear explosion Photo: Pierre J.

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Nuclear explosion: Hiroshima and Nagasaki
Atomic bomb mushroom clouds over Hiroshima (left) and Nagasaki (right), During the final stages of World War II in 1945, the United States conducted two atomic bombings against the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan, the first on August 6, 1945 and the second on August 9, 1945. These two events are the only active deployments of nuclear weapons in war to date. By executive order of President Harry S. Truman, the U.S. dropped the nuclear weapon “Little Boy” on the city of Hiroshima on Monday, August 6, 1945, followed by the detonation of “Fat Man” over Nagasaki on August 9. Within the first two to four months of the bombings, the acute effects killed 90,000–166,000 people in Hiroshima and 60,000–80,000 in Nagasaki. Nuclear explosion Photo: Wikicommons

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Nuclear explosion: UPSHOT-KNOTHOLE
Nevada Proving Ground – Complete destruction of House No. 1 located 3,500 feet from ground zero, by the March 17, 1953 atom blast at Yucca Flat. The time from the first to last picture was 21/3 seconds. The camera was completely enclosed in a 2-inch lead sheath as a protection against radiation. The only source of light was that from the bomb. Nuclear explosion Photo: National Nuclear Security Administration / Nevada Site Office

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Nuclear bomb: Trinity Site Obelisk
Looking at the Trinity Site obelisk, head-on. The black plaque on top reads:
Trinity Site Where The World’s First Nuclear Device Was Exploded On July 16, 1945
Erected 1965 White Sands Missile Range J Frederick Thorlin Major General U.S. Army Commanding
The gold plaque below it declares the site a National Historic Landmark, and reads:
Trinity Site has been designated a National Historical Landmark
This Site Possesses National Significance In Commemorating The History of the United States of America
1975 National Park Service United States Department of the Interior Nuclear bomb site obelisk Photo: Wikicommons




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25 Responses to Nuclear Explosions – I am become Death [34 Pics]

  1. Markku sr February 20, 2011 at 4:04 am #

    I am very sorry to see this madness in beautiful pictures. I am realy happy that these pictures belongs to past time and I hope nobody comes to see these mushrooms live.

    • Juan February 20, 2011 at 8:59 am #

      I agree 100 % with you: the pics are great, but what they mean is absolutely horrendous.

    • wyatt January 20, 2012 at 6:13 am #

      IT’S SO BEAUTIFUL!

  2. Jiri Kohout February 20, 2011 at 11:23 am #

    How sad. I only hope that Karma laws will bring all of those involved to the place where they belong to forever. Or I have to ask for Pashupata.

  3. Mike February 20, 2011 at 5:17 pm #

    Now you know why you have global warming, they have been popping these just like fireworks,a price for peace……………I don’t think so!
    if it takes this to keep the peace, what chance is there for mankind.

  4. John February 21, 2011 at 3:42 am #

    The next crisis already in view is a madman or a mad mullah with a nuclear bomb. The Wisconsin Project on Nuclear Arms Control reduced the status quo to three lines: “You cannot verify a lie. You cannot successfully inspect a country that lies. You come to a dead end.” But it is only the policymakers of the civilized world who come to the dead end. Beyond the dead end and deep inside their fortified weapons factories, the Irans and North Koreas of the world are assembling a bomb and the missiles to deliver it. Our policies have not stopped them.

  5. Kubi February 21, 2011 at 4:26 am #

    Hello,
    could anyone tell me hat are those lines (smoke?) on pic 12, pic 20?
    does anybody know?

    PS: great photos

    • Master Trigger February 21, 2011 at 6:48 am #

      As far as we know, the military set off those smokelines in order to be able to measure the size of the explosions.

    • phil February 23, 2011 at 5:18 pm #

      those are smoke rockets set off to “calibrate” the explosion and help determine the yield of the device and the pressure wave propagation

    • Chris May 21, 2011 at 9:16 pm #

      They are smoke plumes from rockets. They would shoot rockets into the atmosphere to take measurements of the blast.

    • Walter May 23, 2011 at 3:18 pm #

      I just came upon these photos.
      I am a nuclear veteran and I was there in 1958 when Operation Hardtack was conducted. I wrote on chronicle about my experience which can be seen and downloaded on

      http://www.scribd.com/documents/index

      • Walter May 23, 2011 at 4:01 pm #

        I neglected to mention that the lines you are referring to are super-heated water vapor. They are very prevalent in the Umbrella shot. It happens when the dewpoint is optimal.

      • LEE ROBBINS April 15, 2012 at 8:53 pm #

        I spent 6 months on Kusaie Island in 1958 during “Operation Hardtack”. Our site was one of the many 6th Weather Squadron Mobile rawinsond sites used over the years to determine when the wind directions aloft at each island site were ‘safe’ to explode the bombs to prevent contaminating other countries, islands, etc. with deadly radioactive material. The secrecy of this project I understand has been removed. During “Operation Hardtack” 32 A-bombs
        were exploded & tested and also 2 huge Hydrogen bombs also which were more powerful than those used on Hiroshima & Nagasaki! Dangerous, life
        taking radioactive material and dust contaminated most all of these islands, A-bomb Vets, natives, etc.

    • John May 3, 2012 at 6:27 pm #

      Kubi, They are smoke trails of rockets sent aloft to measure the pressure of the blast at various altitudes.

  6. blueh20man February 23, 2011 at 8:20 pm #

    These photos are incredibly beautiful and incredibly ugly. What strikes me as incredulous is that islands (and islanders’ homes) were completely destroyed, natives’ lives completely disrupted, untold thousands poisoned and perhaps millions or billions of marine dwelling lives snuffed out in a millisecond. The absolute arrogance of our military industrial run government is astounding!

    • John May 3, 2012 at 6:33 pm #

      Blueh20man, Would you prefer to return to the days of indenture servitude? “The best defense is a good offense”

  7. shruti March 11, 2011 at 11:52 pm #

    its very danderous ..all thers explosions are..omg!

  8. Matt March 23, 2011 at 3:51 pm #

    I think a quote attribution should credit the original source, the Bhagavad Gita, in the context in which it may be better know by modern audiences.

    The first atomic bomb was detonated in July 1945 in the Trinity test in New Mexico; Oppenheimer remarked later that it brought to mind words from the Bhagavad Gita: “Now, I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.”
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._Robert_Oppenheimer

  9. human April 24, 2011 at 11:55 pm #

    this is the equivalent of a masochist slitting letting their own blood. It makes one feel better but in the end, everybody suffers.

    PLEASE! never again.

  10. Chase Zoda May 25, 2011 at 8:48 am #

    Hi! This is kind of off topic but I need some advice from an established blog. Is it very difficult to set up your own blog? I’m not very techincal but I can figure things out pretty quick. I’m thinking about creating my own but I’m not sure where to start. Do you have any tips or suggestions? Cheers

  11. Dixie Konsahk March 24, 2012 at 8:48 pm #

    In the beginning, God created unfathomable beauty–Life! In the beginning of the end, man created unfathomable beauty–Death!

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