Aug 7, 2009
From grenades to thermonuclear warheads, See how the forces of destruction stack up
RGK-3 anti-tank hand Granade
1.25 lbs. TNT
USE:Soviet-era weapon today used by inasurgentsThe RKG-3M was used extensively during the 1973 Yom Kippur War.RKG-3 grenades have also been used by Iraqi insurgents against coalition forces
Briefcase bomb Used in Hitler assasination attempt, 1944
50 lbs. TNT
Operation Valkyrie. Everything started with a plan devised by Nazi officers, the coronel in charge of carrying out this plan was called Klaus Von Staunferberg, the plan was to remove Hitler with two bombs which were in a briefcase, Staunferberg was carryng a message to Hitler but his real mission was to kill him, if Staunferberg made it, the war could end.
Both bombs were disarmed, and when Staunferberg was in the barracks of Hitler proceeded to arm the bombs, they were called a group of soldiers waiting outside the room where the bomb was assembled, these soldiers were pressed by the time, they called Staunferberg and he could only assemble a bomb.
When it was carrying out the reunion of senior commanders and Adolf Hitler, Staunferberg left the briefcase with the bomb next to Hitler, Staunferberg left the salon with an excuse, and before the bomb exploded, they changed the briefcase position because he was uncomfortable and they placed it behind the table, when the bomb exploded, Hitler was,’t hurt except that the uniform was destroyed and another splinter undone after that Hitler himself invincible and said that God was with him.
Staunferberg call to his superiors and reported that Hitler was dead because no one could have survived the bomb.
When military in charge of the intelligence of Hitler knew it, they send people to arrest and kill all the traitors in the Third Reich including Staunferberg
1.000 lb bomb, World War II
Used to destroy bridges, buildings and other targets.
Image: An american worker inspects 1,000lb bomb cases before they are filled with explosives
10.6 tons TNT
Biggest U.S conventional bomb. The GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb (MOAB) (colloquially known as the The Mother Of All Bombs) is a large-yield conventional bomb developed for the United States military by Albert L. Weimorts Jr. At the time of development, it was touted as the most powerful non-nuclear weapon ever designed
5.1 kilotons TNT
Cyclonic winds can lift cars off the ground. These winds are strong enough to easily topple fences, sheds, trees, power poles and caravans, while hurling helpless people through the air. Many people are killed when the cyclone’s winds cause buildings to collapse and houses to completely blow away.
Atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima
15 kilotons TNT
Leveled buildings in one mile radius.
Little Boy was the codename of the atomic bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945 by the B-29 Superfortress Enola Gay.
The weapon was developed by the Manhattan Project during World War II. It derived its explosive power from the nuclear fission of uranium 235. The Hiroshima bombing was the second artificial nuclear explosion in history (the first was the “Trinity” test), and it was the first uranium-based detonation. Approximately 600 milligrams of mass were converted into energy. It exploded with a destructive power equivalent to
15 kilotons of TNT (estimates vary) and killed approximately 140,000 people. Its design was never tested at the Trinity test site, unlike the more complex plutonium bomb (Fat Man), which was tested. The available supply of enriched uranium was very small at that time, and it was felt that the simp
Thermonuclear warhead mounted on ICBM
1.5 megatons TNT
Demolishes buildings in four mile radius.A modern thermonuclear weapon weighing little more than a thousand kilograms can produce an explosion comparable to the detonation of more than a billion kilograms of conventional high explosive
A thermonuclear bomb differs fundamentally from an atomic bomb in that it utilizes the energy released when two light atomic nuclei combine, or fuse, to form a heavier nucleus. An atomic bomb, by contrast, uses the energy released when a heavy atomic nucleus splits, or fissions, into two lighter nuclei
2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami
5 megatons TNT
Ravaed costlines with 100-foot waves.
The energy released on the Earth’s surface only, MEwhich is the seismic potential for damage, by the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami was estimated
at 5 megatons of TNT. This energy is equivalent to over 1502 times that of the Hiroshima atomic bomb, but less than that of Tsar Bomba, the largest nuclear weapon ever detonated.
“Tsar Bomba”, “Big Ivan”, “King of Bombs” – USSR H-Bomb, 1961
Most powerful thermonuclear weapon ever detonated
The device offically designated RDS-220, known to its designers as Big Ivan, and nicknamed in the west Tsar Bomba (and referred to as the Big Bomb by Sakharov in his Memoirs) was the largest nuclear weapon ever constructed or detonated.
The nickname Tsar Bomba is a reference to a famous Russian tradition for making gigantic artifacts for show. The world’s largest bell (the Tsar Kolokol) and cannon (the Tsar Pushka) are on display at the Kremlin
Kashmir earthquake, 2005
178 megatone TNT
Caused damage in Islamabad, 65 miles away.
The 2005 Kashmir Earthquake (also known as the South Asian earthquake or the Great Pakistan earthquake) was a major earthquake centered in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir and in North West Frontier Province (NWFP) near the city of Muzaffarabad. It occurred at 08:52:37 Pakistan Standard Time (03:52:37 UTC) on 8 October 2005. It registered a debatable moment magnitude of 7.6 making it similar in size to the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, the 1935 Quetta earthquake, and the 2001 Gujarat earthquake. As of 8 November, the government of Pakistan’s official death toll was 79,000, while officials say nearly 1,400 people also died in Indian Kashmir and four people in Afghanistan. The severity of the damage caused by the quake is attributed to severe upthrust, coupled with poor construction.
Mount St. Helena eruption, 1980
500 megatons TNT
Devastaled several hundred square mil areas
The 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens, a stratovolcano located in Washington state, in the United States, was a major volcanic eruption.
The eruption was preceded by a two-month series of earthquakes and steam-venting episodes, caused by an injection of magma at shallow depth below the volcano that created a huge bulge and a fracture system on Mount St. Helens’ north slope. An earthquake at 8:32:17 a.m. on May 18, 1980 caused the entire weakened north face to slide away, suddenly exposing the partly molten, gas- and steam-rich rock in the volcano to lower pressure. The rock responded by exploding a hot mix of lava and pulverized older rock toward Spirit Lake so quickly that it overtook the avalanching north face.
San Francisco eartquake, 1906
1 gigaton TNT
Caused $5.6 billions in property damage
The San Francisco earthquake of 1906 was a major earthquake that struck San Francisco, CA and the coast of Northern California at 5:12 A.M. on Wednesday, April 18, 1906
The most widely-accepted estimate for the magnitude of the earthquake is a moment magnitude (Mw) of 7.8; however, other values have been proposed, from 7.7 to as high as 8.25
The earthquake and resulting fire is remembered as one of the worst natural disasters in the history of the United States. The death toll from the earthquake and resulting fire, estimated to be above 3,000 is the greatest loss of life from a natural disaster in California’s history. The economic impact has been compared with the more recent Hurricane Katrina.
Krakatoa eruption, 1883
5.6 gigatons TNT
Worldwide effects included the destruction of 165 villages and towns
Krakatoa (Indonesian: Krakatau), also spelled Krakatau, is a volcanic island made of a’a lava in the Sunda Strait between the islands of Java and Sumatra in Indonesia.
The best-known eruption of Krakatoa culminated in a series of massive explosions on August 26–27, 1883, which was among the most violent volcanic events in modern and recorded history.
With a Volcanic Explosivity Index (VEI) of 6, the eruption was equivalent to 5.6 gigatons about 13,000 times the nuclear yield of the Little Boy bomb (13 to 16 kT) that devastated Hiroshima, Japan during World War II and four times the yield of the Tsar Bomba (50 MT), the largest nuclear device ever detonated.
The cataclysmic explosion was distinctly heard as far away as Perth in Western Australia, about 1,930 miles (3,110 km) away, and the island of Rodrigues near Mauritius, about 3,000 miles (5,000 km) away
Near Krakatoa, according to official records, 165 villages and towns were destroyed and 132 seriously damaged, at least 36,417 (official toll) people died, and many thousands were injured by the eruption, mostly from the tsunamis that followed the explosion. The eruption destroyed two-thirds of the island of Krakatoa.
10 km asteroid impact, 65 millions years ago
100.000 gigatons. TNT
Caused final extinction of dinosaurs and many other species
An asteroid impact with the Earth may have caused the extinction of the dinosaurs. The Alvarez Asteroid Theory explains the huge K-T (Cretaceous-Tertiary) mass extinction 65 million years ago by a large asteroid hitting the Earth off the Mexican Yucatan peninsula. This impact would have caused severe climactic changes leading to the demise of many groups of organisms, including non-avian dinosaurs.