1,8 Megatonnen

Auf youtube gibt es viele Videos und Ausschnitte aus Dokumentationen über historische Atombombenexplosionen. Ein sehr interessantes Video, weil sehr viele Augenzeugenberichte darin vorkommen, ist das Video über die erste Wasserstoffbombe Großbritanniens. Die Soldaten waren 20 Meilen vom Abwurfort entfernt und berichten unter anderem auch über die Schockwelle.

Die größte menschengemachte Explosion ist bis heute die Detonation der Zar-Bombe, eine russische H-Bombe mit etwa 50 bis 60 Megatonnen.

Sehr interessant ist auch, was Feynman zum Test der ersten in Los Alamos gebauten Atombombe geschrieben hat. Auszug aus “Surely you’re Joking Mr. Feynman!”, Seite 136, Los Alamos from Below:

After the thing went off, there was tremendous excitement at Los Alamos. Everybody had parties, we all ran around. I sat on the end of a jeep and beat drums and so on. But one man, I remember, Bob Wilson, was just sitting there moping.
I said, “What are you moping about?”
He said, “It’s a terrible thing that we made.”
I said, “But you started it. You got us into it.”
You see, what happened to me — what happened to the rest of us — is we started for a good reason, then you’re working very hard to accomplish something and it’s a pleasure, it’s excitement. And you stop thinking, you know; you just stop. Bob Wilson was the only man who was still thinking about it, at that moment.
I returned to civilization shortly after that and ewnt to Cornell to teach, and my first impression was a very strange one. I can’t understand it any more, but I felt very strongly then. I sat in a restaurant in New York, for example, and I looked out at the buildings and I began to think, you know, about how much the radius of the Hiroschima bomb damage was and so forth … How far from here was 34th Street? … All those buildings, all smashed — and so on. And I would go along and I yould see people building a bridge, or they’d be making a new road, and I thought, they’re craz, they just don’t understand, the don’t understand. Why are they making new things? It’s so useless.
But, fortunately, it’s been useless for almost forty years now, hasn’t it? So I’ve been wrong about it being useless making bridges and I’m glad those other people had the sense to go ahead.

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