Many will have already seen the Desolate Cancer's
showing (one of five
times: source www.lettellme.com...
) when the Russians have successfully used nuclear detonations to prevent
hydrocarbons (in this case gas) escaping from a Louisiana, leak type, situation.
However a look at the map (at the very bottom) of this BBC, article shows the oil has only reached about 2%, of the land it will hit, come Hurricane
season (2%% is my guess, entirely)
The thermal heat, from a series of high altitude, nuclear detonations, would be used to both vaporise, and incinerate, the thin layers
of oil, already above the water surface. A nuclear detonation would remove this thin layer of oil within seconds, and over hundreds of square
kilometres of ocean. It would prevent (much more) oil landing on land; whilst favourable weather conditions would carry, the resulting radiation far
out, to sea.
Since 1945 over 2000 bombs have been detonated by all mankind, so its hardly as if the planet can't handle this one
Why It Should Work...
Info is from "Nuclear War: A Guide to Armageddon". This is probably the most disturbing, nuclear war, documentary you could ever see. It's because
it shows what would REALLY happen to London if "just" one, 1 Megaton bomb, were detonated, exactly 1 mile above, Saint Paul's Cathedral.
Anyway (to reduce peoples nightmares) here are the following (relevant) points
2.30 Minutes into film: Bomb detonates, "the centre of the fireball is as hot as 20 million degrees". Film then shows what happens to different
areas of London over the next 3 seconds.
4:20 minutes: 2 miles away from epicentre, Saint James Park "the temperature is around 4000 degrees"
6.28: 4.5 miles away, "the temperature is around 1800 degrees"
6:37 Only 7 miles away do burns become treatable (whatever temperature that is?)
Points to note...
1. A one Megaton bomb is a pretty small explosion (as far as most operational nukes go). The biggest ever detonation was the Russians, Tsar Bomb of 50
2. The most powerful nuclear bomb in active, US, service is the B83 (up to 1.2 Megaton's) en.wikipedia.org...
3. BUT the US still has 50 (functional), Nine Megaton bombs in its possession as part of the "Enduring Stockpile"
So theses B53's are basically left over, Cold War, junk. Hardly wanted they are a dwindling number.
On the other hand they are 9 times more powerful than the bomb in the film! And this time (rather than people) it's square kilometres of poisonous,
floating, ocean oil that's the real national enemy, now!! So if I were President I'd reduce the B53's number by e.g. 18 or 24, as this corresponds
to heat output 172-226 times greater than that in the film.
I don't know, but imagine the most effective way might be to sustain the high temperature by e.g. detonate e.g. 6 nukes, every 3 seconds, for e.g.
9-12 seconds. This way not only is a large area targeted, but any reflective effects oil-stream vapour has on the heat could count for nought.
Dealing with Blast...
1. Don't detonate any two bombs at exactly
the same time
2. The right "pattern" of detonation would prevent the blasts from creating (many) waves headed inland.
3. Another trick could be to e.g. have those bombs, detonated closest to land, also dropped at lower altitudes than those further to sea (whilst
obviously, maintaining a good "buffer" distance)
Therefore the blast should follow the path of least resistance. A circular, detonation, sequence would further help deflect blast. Of course only a
computer model, could accurately predict these effects. Good thing then, military has this too!
Radiation can be reduced by...
1. Weather: The right weather conditions will keep blowing it away from land, into sea. Water is about a third as good as concrete absorbing radiation
So the only threat would be radioactive particles that got ingested by something, we then ate.
2. Give each bomb either a lead, or tungsten casing en.wikipedia.org...
3. "Inefficiently" detonating the bombs higher into the atmosphere. This way radioactive particles are blasted into orbit, even space.
4. Large nuclear explosions: A large nuclear bomb, uses up more of it's fuel than a smaller one. Therefore there is always less fall out (as a
proportion of total heat produced).
5. I guess, that (high altitude) "follow up" detonations would blast most radioactive material (from lower altitude explosions) even further towards
space. How cool is that? Bigger nukes, plus follow up nukes, = less radiation!!!
A good article about it is here
Wikipedia recaps most of the info here: en.wikipedia.org...
Louisiana's may think they're suffering is bad now. But that BBC map news.bbc.co.uk...
reveals how today is
pure "holiday" compared to what will happen (at least if The White House were to stick to it's current ("political"?) strategy of keeping the US
military (mostly) out.
But so far the Obama administration has only threatened "to push BP aside" news.bbc.co.uk...
and it "only
took a week" for it to even invite the military in (so declare it of "national significance" 29th of April
That and because of the...
1. The 1963 test ban treaty en.wikipedia.org...
2. 1996 Comprehensive test ban treaty en.wikipedia.org...
3. AND the nuclear situation in Iran
4. Plus public reaction
I think Obama would only use the bomb to clean up the oil, if he thought it would cost him the next election.
However it's interesting to speculate whether the past, technological achievements, of US citizens could (physically) save the nation from this
impending disaster. "Yes we can!" "And no they won't!!" are my thoughts.