If you have ever dreamt of witnessing the world’s most massive nuclear explosion, now is your chance. The video of Russia’s 1961 “tsar bomba” atomic explosion has been released on youtube.
It was an explosion that had an overall yield of 50 megatons of TNT according to the reports of Drive. Until now, the whole video was not disclosed to the general public. Only snippets were shared, but after releasing the 40-minute video, we can have a look at what went down that day.
Until now, the tsar bomba is considered to be the most massive human-made explosion in the world. Partial Test Ban Treaty was signed in 1963 between the U.K, the U.S, and Russia right after the bomb was detonated, which entitled the nuclear tests to be conducted underground.
Russia’s Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation is the organization that runs the nuclear show for the Kremlin shared the video on the 20th of August. In the 40 minute video, which starts in the typical Russian propaganda-style, and at around 22min the real action begins.
The bomber that flew the nuke was a TU-96V Soviet bomber. To accommodate the enormous 26 feet long and 7 feet tall nuclear bomb, the bomber carrying the bomb had to remove its fuel tanks as well as the bomb bay doors.
At almost 4000 meters above the ground near the coast of Severny Island, the bomba was dropped. It was such a gigantic explosion that it could be seen up to 620 miles away, and the giant mushroom cloud it generated went up to 42 miles upwards in the air.
The explosion was considered to be seven times higher than the height of Mount Everest, according to Vice. Some may find this video exciting, but in reality, it reminds us of the horrific cold War era. It gives us a warning of what a man is capable of making and destroying in a winks time.