5 Most Colossal Nuclear Explosions Ever Captured On Camera

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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.

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Operation Ivy – Mike

Detonated on November 1, 1952 at Enewetak, an atoll in the Pacific Ocean, the 82-tonne block of a device codenamed Mike yielded an estimated 10.4 megatons of explosive power – almost 500 times that of the bomb dropped on Nagasaki. Ivy Mike is generally considered the world’s first triumphant test of an H bomb. The blast obliterated the island of Elugelab, creating an underwater crater 6,240 ft (1.9 km) wide and 164 ft (50 m) deep where the landmass had been.