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If ever there was a picture of beauty belying a deeper cruelty, if ever there was an image of our power to cause untold harm, if ever there was a sign of man’s capacity to tap Mother Nature’s energy only to ravage her – the giant, rising mass of the mushroom cloud is it. Since their inception in the 1940s under the aegis of the Manhattan Project, through the better-than-you Cold War standoff when their threat loomed like the Sword of Damocles, nuclear explosions have become symbols of the modern world.
Here we present some of the biggest ever nuclear explosions to tear across the face of our fair planet captured on camera. Measured in megatons – millions of tons of TNT – even the smallest of these most massive of blasts yielded hundreds of times the combined power of the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.