Archive for March, 2010

Known small nuclear devices..

Saturday, March 6th, 2010

I know I’m missing some here but here are some older nuclear micr0-devices.

From my feeble memory I vaguely remember a congressman going on tv and saying that he carried a backpack tactical nuke in the special forces.

How much explosive force would it take to create a mushroom cloud?

Friday, March 5th, 2010

The answer depends on the yield of the explosive used in the device.

The ryder rent-a-bomb that the Oklahoma city bomber used caused a mushroom cloud and that was just fuel-fertilizer mix.

If you wanted to replicate a bomb the size of  a 1 Kiloton nuclear warhead yield it would probably require a connex container’s worth or about a semi-truck-trailer. That is if the explosive was a low yield fuel-fertilizer mix. Of course the nuclear warhead would be incredibly smaller.

 

There are many things that can go boom, including flour silos and grain elevators.

Mushroom Clouds!

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

Terrifying because they are associated with nuclear explosions but any sufficiently big explosion can cause one. I personally have seen a mushroom cloud from a huge pipeline explosion over the horizon at about 6 miles away.  I wasn’t too concerned about it being nuclear because I didn’t see a flash of light first.
More about Mushroom Clouds

Terrorist: a person who terrorizes or frightens others.

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

Terrorism is a very real and ugly threat to people all around the world. To them the ends justify the means. Often they act against their own people’s interest because “they know better than the people” what is right. Terrorists have been spawned by various leaders such as drug crazed dictators to prayerful religious leaders.

What people often overlook is that to their own people they are heroes.