What happens if a nuke detonated underwater?

What happens if a nuke detonated underwater?

Unless it breaks the water surface while still a hot gas bubble, an underwater nuclear explosion leaves no trace at the surface but hot, radioactive water rising from below. Vast amounts of energy are absorbed by phase change (water becomes steam at the fireball boundary).

When was the last underwater nuclear test?

July 29, 1996
Last test: July 29, 1996.

How many underwater nuclear tests are there?

The nuclear weapons tests of the United States were performed between 1945 and 1992 as part of the nuclear arms race. The United States conducted around 1,054 nuclear tests by official count, including 216 atmospheric, underwater, and space tests.

Can you survive a nuclear blast underwater?

If you’re in the pool the pressure wave could crush you depending on strength of blast. Water can’t compress, but if you’re in the water you’ll be crushed. So there’s a two fold issue to entertain your idea, heat and pressure. Radiation will be your next concern if you survive the initial blast.

What is the range of destruction of a nuclear bomb?

How far depends on the yield of the bomb itself. Many of today’s nuclear bombs will kill anyone within a 16 to 20 mile range, between the heat, blast wave (wind) and radiation.

What are the results of a nuclear explosion?

The Effects of Nuclear Weapons. Nuclear explosions produce both immediate and delayed destructive effects. Blast, thermal radiation, and prompt ionizing radiation cause significant destruction within seconds or minutes of a nuclear detonation. The delayed effects, such as radioactive fallout and other environmental effects,…

What are the effects of nuclear explosion?

There are three major effects from a nuclear explosion: blast, heat and radiation. The latter, radiation, may be directly from the fireball or from fallout of material made radioactive by the fireball.

What is underwater explosion?

Underwater explosion. Jump to navigation Jump to search. An underwater explosion (also known as an UNDEX) is a chemical or nuclear explosion that occurs under the surface of a body of water.