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World’s largest nuclear explosion: Tsar 50 megaton bomb

Tsar Bomba (Russian: Царь-бомба, literally “Emperor-bomb”) is the Western name for the largest, most powerful nuclear explosive ever detonated. Developed by the Soviet Union, the ~100 megaton bomb (later caped at 50 megatons) was codenamed Ivan (Russian: Иван) by its developers.

The bomb was tested on October 30, 1961 in Novaya Zemlya, an island in the Arctic Sea. The device was scaled down from its original design of 100 megatons to minimize nuclear fallout.

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  • Anonymous May 28, 2008, 7:54 am

    Holy Shit

  • Anonymous October 30, 2008, 12:45 pm

    can u imagine what that would have done on the ground?!?!?!

  • Anonymous June 28, 2009, 10:20 pm

    I bet those pilots would have shit themselves if the parachute didnt deploy

  • Anonymous December 15, 2009, 5:49 pm

    I don't think they would have had the time to shit themselves properly
    further, it would have bee n a really hot Shit !…lol

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