posted on Apr, 10 2005 @ 07:10 PM
Lol, Orangetom is funny, he went on this long explanation of how the delivery system was the most important thing, and yet he didn't even answer the
question. We don't want to know about delivery systems, the maker of the thread wanted to know the largest explosion that a nuclear device can
Anyways, to properly answer the questions, as has been stated by everyone else above(I have to put my Two-cents in), the largest explosion in recorded
history was the produced by the Tsar-Bomba, a 64MT nuclear warhead incased in lead. I believe it was originally remodified from a 100MT warhead to 64
because it could not fit in the Tu-95 Bear specially designed to carry the warhead. So they made it less powerful and used it for testing purposes, it
was the only one detonated, and the cleanest nuclear bomb in history I believe.
The explosion yielded a blast that covered a 15 mile radius(Got this off the history channel, if you have problems with it, get mad at the History
Channel). I'm not sure about it destroying two villages, I believe it was safely dropped out of range from civilization. And the mushroom cap was
immense. The aftermath I was unaware of, I'm not sure what the environmental damages were.
Well anyways, most nuclear warheads fitted onto ICBMs are thermo-nuclear warheads that only yield 1-6MT(yet can cause immense amounts of damage). A
poseiden missile can carry up to 5 warheads.
So as far as the most powerful nuke, it was the Tsar-Bomba, but for everyone to be aware of, most of the nuclear warheads in both Arsenals of the US
and Russia, are small briefcase size warheads, not even 1MT. They were made for fast and easy delivery into enemy territory, not built to take out
large cities, but take out like powerplants, or hit their soft spots. And also they would fit on cruise missiles and naval delivery systems. Silo
warheads are much bigger and more devastating, those are the ones used to wipe out large areas and such.