As close as you will ever be to a nuclear explosion
THIS IS FUCKING TERRIFYING
No thank you.
The columns of smoke in the foreground are telephone poles boiling
This is way cooler to look at than it should be
Science side of Tumblr would like to add:
Heat is generally transmitted in 3 forms: conduction, convection, radiation.
The fact that the telephone poles and wires are boiling away well before the shockwave hits them indicates that the heat from the explosion has not reached them by convection (much slower than the speed of sound) or by conduction (at best, comparable to the speed of sound), but purely by radiation. In other words: the explosion is bright enough to boil everything.
The more terrifying part: This isn’t even the most powerful one detonated.
The Tsar Bomba was the most powerful explosive device made by Mankind. The one detonated was 57 Megatons. Fifty. Seven. MEGATONS. 57 Million Tons worth of TNT. The original design of it was 100 Megatons, but they toned it down to 57+/- Megatons. Because they were afraid that if they detonated it in our atmosphere they would have destroyed the world. The Soviets were afraid of destroying the world with one bomb. Windows shattered in the surrounding area as well as Norway and Finland, the shock wave was even detectable as far as 560 miles away. The more insane part is the Seismic effect it had. Mind you the Tsar Bomba was detonated roughly high enough when detonated it generated a fireball 5 miles across. The seismic shock was still measurable even on its third passage around the Earth. And it’s energy yield, despite the fact that exploded high enough that most of its energy couldn’t be transferred to seismic energy, was an 8.1 on the Richter scale.