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That is the reason most stratagic nuke delivery systems are designed with multiple smaller warheads.
Originally posted by deadline527
I read through the three pages of posts but no one actually answers the question...
If a 100 MT nuke was detonated in the USA, about how far would the blast damage be felt from in miles?
All I saw was a lot of equations and speculation, but no real answer to the question - I am really curious about this and have been searching for a while. I am not interested in 5 x 20 MT nukes either, just one single 100 MT explosion.
Originally posted by 1337cshacker
reply to post by robertfenix
True. People don't factor in radioactive winds, which can travel much further than a traditional wind. NASA has sketches for 'Medusa', which consist of a pod and a sail in front. The idea is to detonate a MT nuke behind it, far enough away that blast wont hurt it, but the radioactive waves would propel the sail up to amazing speeds, close to speed of light. Traveling to the stars thus becomes possible with traditional methods, nothing alien tech about it. Thats OT though, the point is radio winds are very FREAKIN strong. End.
Originally posted by uberarcanist
A 100 MT device has never been tested and probably never invented. The Tsar Bomba (look it up) was only about 50 MT. It was grossly impractical and had to be dropped from a modified cargo plane. AFAIK, most nukes today are less than 1 MT.
Originally posted by ShatteredSkies
reply to post by uberfoop
It was originally projected to be 100 mt, but was soon after downscaled to 65 mt yield and then 50.
The bomb was mostly incased in lead.
A 100 mt nuclear device was to large for any form of delivery platform they had which is one of the reasons why they downscaled among the others you listed.
Originally posted by zero lift
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think anyone ever made a 100 MT bomb. I think the Soviets built the biggest bomb which was about 50 MT ish. After that, everyone seemed to plan for using a large amount of small warheads in any future nuclear exchange.
Originally posted by somethingaintright
No after the test ban everything was done behind closed doors. Who knows what type of powerful nukes they've cooked up since? The Russian 50 MT nuke was designed over 40 years ago and that was downgraded from 100MT. The "Father of the Hydrogen Bomb" Edward Teller a Jewish immigrant from Europe stated that the possible yield of nukes was limitless, now that is #ed up!