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Yes! It’s so simple, in fact, that the Soviet Union, a major oil exporter, used this method five times to deal with petrocalamities. The first happened in Uzbekistan, on September 30, 1966 with a blast 1.5 times the strength of the Hiroshima bomb and at a depth of 1.5 kilometers. KP also notes that subterranean nuclear blasts were used as much as 169 times in the Soviet Union to accomplish fairly mundane tasks like creating underground storage spaces for gas or building canals.
These kinds of surgical strikes to shut off underground leaks, however, were carried out only five times, with the last one occuring in 1979. And there was only one misfire, near Kharkov, Ukraine, where a nuclear blast was unable to stanch a gas leak.
Originally posted by shmuu
reply to post by nite owl
I know enough about the thousands of nuclear tests that have been conducted on this planet to know it's not going to form a supervolcano of burning oil that destroys all life in the gulf.
Originally posted by ressiv
reply to post by leo123
baaaad idee remember the meteor struck the gulf 65M years ago...
seabed is fractured .... big chance for total collaps off it...
Originally posted by WWJFKD
(not directed at poster)
The Russians do this all the time? They say so right here in Pravda? you mean our "friends" the Russians and you read this in Pravda our Russian friends MSM. Most of us don't trust our own MSM let alone Russias. This is like a bad Twilight Zone rerun.