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You can see a little boat just to the left (for a brief time at least). I'd hate to be on that one!



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ggH-ObiUWEE&fmt=22

[Huge atomic bomb explosion under the sea]
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Wow.

I want to see the footage of the carrier after the wave hit it.
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What year was that?
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-l6Q8Q1smwg

Apparently these guys all wanted to get wet or they drastically underestimated the detonation. Look at all the ships right on top of it! There's several more videos over here from the same site, but I couldn't find any more information about the first.

Given that this video is 1946 and the crap-o quality, I'd say the other has to be at least 20 years later?

UPDATE: More cool videos of tests and lots of destruction, too, in their own gallery, but still no more info on the first one. We stopped testing above-ground in 63, and we stopped altogether in 92. However, there were a LOT of tests in the 50's and 60's around the bikini atoll, so I wonder if it wasn't around there.
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AH HA! Found it - Operation Hardtack I - This test was named "Umbrella".

To answer your question dM, 1958.

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Test: Umbrella
Time: 23:15 8 June 1958 (GMT)
11:15 9 June 1958 (local)
Location: Enewetak lagoon
Test Height and Type: Underwater, -150 feet
Yield: 8 kt

Umbrella was a DOD sponsored weapons effects test for a medium depth underwater explosion. A Mk-7 bomb was used for the test (30 inches in diameter, 54 inches long, device weight 825 lb.) in a heavy pressure vessel (total weight 7000 lb.). Very similar to the Wahoo device. The device was detonated on the lagoon bottom NNE of Mut (Henry) Island. An underwater crater 3000 feet across and 20 feet deep was produced.


More about it here and here's a still photo I found on the site that confirmed it for me.
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Wow! I found a new guilty pleasure in watching these. ;)

I mean, I've seen some of this footage before, but never really concentrated on it. It's really incredible.
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I'm with you. For some reason, they kept me interested. The H-bombs really turn up the power, too. :explodesmilie:

If you get tired of that, you can always dig up some Philadelphia Experiment theories. :scrambleup:
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It would be really interesting to see how under water nuclear explosions affect weather. Thats a lot of water they are blowing into the air and probably a lot of heat so it has to have some sort of affect.
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Probably so, but they did very little to document how it affected the ecosystems underwater. I don't know if atmospheric changes would be monitored any better beyond fallouts. If we don't think about it, it isn't happening, right? :)
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Hope there weren't any people in that boat when that explosion happened.
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Wow, it's like Poseidon is fighting with Leviatan.
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Here's stuff about the (1946) 2nd video.

No one was on the destroyed boats, of course. They are listed, here, under "July":

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_shipwrecks_in_1946

One of the big ones was a battleship:

http://www.seawolfproductions.com/Shipw ... atoweb.htm

And, of course, the consequences:

http://www.bikiniatoll.com/Reuters2004.html

Strangely, if you google around about the Saratoga you will notice there were possibly TWO USS warships with that name in 1946.

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