Russia has declassified footage of the world’s largest nuclear explosion, or to be more specific, when the former Soviet Union detonated “Tsar Bomba” nearly 60 years ago. This hydrogen bomb carried the force of 50 million tons of conventional explosives and was detonated in a test on October 30, 1961 over the remote Novaya Zemlya archipelago above the Arctic Circle. The rarely seen footage depicts a massive fireball and a 60-km high mushroom cloud rising after the explosion, captured from several angles by cameras installed on the ground as well as on board two Soviet aircraft. Read more for the video and additional information.
This documentary was released online for the first time by Russian state nuclear agency Rosatom as a tribute to the 75th anniversary of Russia’s atomic industry. The “Tsar Bomba” was developed between 1956 and 1961 as the Soviet Union engaged in a nuclear arms race with the United States. It’s currently the largest known hydrogen bomb ever and was alleged to be 3,300 times as destructive as the weapon that fell on Hiroshima.
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The testing of an exceptionally powerful hydrogen load … confirmed that the Soviet Union is in possession of a thermo-nuclear weapon with power of 50 megatons, 100 megatons and more,” said the narrator.