Russia releases images of the largest hydrogen bomb ever detonated

Russia has released footage of a hydrogen bomb explosion in 1961. Until today the images of ‘Tsar Bomba’ were secret. The atomic bomb was detonated over the remote archipelago of Nova Zembla at the time.

On the statues you can see a giant fireball and a huge mushroom cloud 60 kilometres high and 90 kilometres wide:

A voice-over on the images of the Russian state-owned Rosatom company states that ‘the Soviet Union is in possession of a thermonuclear weapon with a force of 50 megatons, 100 megatons and more’

The explosion was recorded by several cameras: from the ground, but also from two Russian planes. Rosatom released the images on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the Russian nuclear industry.

Cold War

The most powerful hydrogen bomb that the United States has tested is Castle Bravo: a 15 megaton hydrogen bomb. This bomb was detonated in 1954 near the Marshall Islands, a Pacific archipelago.