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Originally posted by wiredamerican
I really do not see a nuke being possible because of the radiation fearing tree huggers or fish huggers do not want fish to be mutilated by radiation poisoning. Along with killing the food chain or something.
Plumbbob Rainier was detonated at 899 ft underground on 19 September 1957. The 1.7 kt explosion was the first to be entirely contained underground, producing no fallout. The test took place in a 1,600 – 2,000 ft horizontal tunnel in the shape of a hook. The hook "was designed so explosive force will seal off the non-curved portion of tunnel nearest the detonation before gases and fission fragments can be vented around the curve of the tunnel's hook."
Originally posted by Silver Shadow
Using a nuke seems to me like trying to fix a dripping tap with a sledge hammer.
What if this nuke opens up a lot of further cracks and fissures which leak even more oil ?
At least now, there is only one single point of leakage.
Fracture a large area, and the oil may start leaking upwards in hundreds of places and then become impossible to seal off completely.
The effects of the RAINIER event of Operation Plumbbob in 1957 will provide an example of the extent to which the surrounding medium may be affected by a deep underground detonation. RAINIER was a 1.7-kiloton nuclear device detonated in a chamber 6 x 6 x 7 feet in size, at a depth of 790 feet below the surface in a compacted volcanic-ash medium referred to geologically as "tuff." During the hydrodynamic stage the chamber expanded to form a spherical cavity 62 feet in radius, which was lined with molten rock about 4 inches thick. The shock from the explosion crushed the surrounding medium to a radius of 130 feet and fractured it to 180 feet. Seismic signals were detected out to distances of several hundred miles and a weak signal was recorded in Alaska. The chimney extended upward for about 400 feet from the burst point. Further information on cavity and chimney dimensions is given in Chapter VI.
Originally posted by In nothing we trust
The US has smaller weapons.They can determine what they need from 10 ton to 1.7 kt to produce the least amount of shockwaves.