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How the world’s biggest bomb is THREE THOUSAND times more powerful than the nuke that wiped out Hiroshima

LAST week Donald Trump dropped “the mother of all bombs” on Afghanistan with an official death toll of 96.

But despite its moniker, the explosive is nowhere near the largest such device that has ever been used.

The "Tsar Bomba" is the biggest bomb ever dropped in history
The “Tsar Bomba” is the biggest bomb ever dropped in history
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The largest ever used in battle is the nuke used to flatten Hiroshima by the US in 1945, but the biggest ever tested is the Russian “Tsar Bomba”.

Clocking in with a blast radius equivalent to 50 megatons of TNT it was more than 3,500 times more powerful than the bomb dropped on Japan during the Second World War.

The nuke was given many nicknames in JOE 11 and Big Ivan.

It was dropped by a specially modified Tu-95V bomber over the Miyushikha Bay nuclear testing range inside the Arctic Circle at 11:32 Moscow Time on 30 October 1961.

The bomb was attached to a 800kg parachute to give the bomber and observer planes enough time to fly 28 miles away from the bombsite.

The resulting fireball reached over 6 miles in altitude, almost the same height from which it was dropped, with the

The mushroom cloud from the blast rose to over 35 miles into the air
The mushroom cloud from the blast rose to over 35 miles into the air

mushroom cloud rising to 35 miles.


This astonishing bringer of doom was crafted by a team of Soviet scientists in just 16 weeks under the instruction of Nikita Khrushev.

The device was so large it could not be delivered by missile making its combat use limited and much of its power simply flew into space.

It was developed as the Soviet’s strived to make a 100 megaton bomb, but research showed that any plane which dropped such a device would be caught in the blast radius.

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