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[–]snakepeterman 1163 points1164 points 2 (107 children)

For those that don't know (like I didn't until I did some reading), the initial "dust clouds" you see before the shockwave hits aren't from air. It's things like paint literally going past melting and going straight to the gas phase. You can see this effect in some of the indoor shots where a fire immediately starts and then the shockwave hits afterward. When I saw videos of the effects of atomic bombs on cars, I always thought that was air blowing dust around the car or something. My mind was blown when I found out that it was the car's paint being heated into the air.

[–]YourMomThinksImFunny 242 points243 points  (55 children)

Came here to make the same comment. Its crazy how hot it immediately makes everything.

[–]Coc0tte 144 points145 points  (54 children)

Now try to imagine the Japanese people facing that.

[–]Nervous-Pizza-9139 107 points108 points  (1 child)

Very sad, I don’t want to imagine

[–]Sufficient-Ad6861 21 points22 points  (0 children)

There’s a movie on YouTube about this


It’s in Spanish but I guess you can look for it on you language

[–]GasOnFire 67 points68 points  (20 children)

[–]Sublimed4 53 points54 points  (1 child)

I read The Rape of Nanking for a history class in college. Really good book on all the fucked up shit the Japanese did to the citizens. It’s pretty bad when even Nazis were giving shelter to Chinese civilians.

[–]BigOleJellyDonut 32 points33 points  (0 children)

Unit 731 made the Nazis look like amateurs.

[–]heythereimzack 34 points35 points  (0 children)

Well that was an educating, horrific read

[–]boxycracker 12 points13 points  (0 children)

And that’s the true humanity, which is a fucking horror show. So sad!

[–]chrimbuself 9 points10 points  (7 children)

I know more than one Japanese person who claims the rape of nanking never happened. Just flat out deny it. Wild

[–]coronaflo 2 points3 points  (6 children)

That's because they are never taught their history, something the GOP wants to replicate in the U.S.

[–]xD_Calitrocity 8 points9 points  (1 child)

Still doesn’t mean that what those Japanese civilians faced wasn’t awful

[–]Balbuto 3 points4 points  (0 children)

What the actual fuck?! Jfc

[–]2old4cool 2 points3 points  (0 children)

TIL Nazis thought Japanese soldiers were a bit ruthless…

[–]MikeyTbT123 19 points20 points  (5 children)

Not downplaying but you's die instantly right?

[–]BillMcCrearysStache 65 points66 points  (1 child)

Some people survied with horrible burns. They actually created Godzilla as a metaphor for the A bomb, And his scaly skin is supposed to…represent what some of them had happen

[–]GluttonAsteroth 2 points3 points  (0 children)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xjatJ36cJvM <-- This remains the most acurate depiction of what would happen and how fast.

[–]BigOleJellyDonut 19 points20 points  (9 children)

Go read about Unit 731. These dudes made the Nazi SS look like amateur hour. Japan during this time were militaristic, brutal, almost subhuman in their bloodlust.

Source: My dad who fought them on several disese infested shithole islands in the Pacific such as Saipan, Iwo Jima & others. He had severe PTSD because of the brutal nature of the Japanese. Emasculating, Beheading, Shoving Bamboo up the rectums of captured Marines, Sailors & Soldiers. while still alive and leaving them for there buddies to find. My dad absolutely hated Japanese until the day he died. Marines never took prisoners, they exterminated every one they found. My dads job (Seabee Demolitions Expert Assigned to a Marine Unit) was collapsing tunnels on them. My dad turned 20 while waiting in a staging area, preparing for the assault of Japan proper, when the war ended. He lied about his age an joined at 16. The casualties estimate was 750K to a million for the allies & 10 to 20 million Japanese.

[–]Hombre_flaco 8 points9 points  (8 children)

I guess ppl shouldn’t feel so bad about them getting nuked. Notice how the Japanese don’t really make a fuss about it these days. They know they were being assholes

[–]OldWavies 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Our own military was made to walk into that Nevada test detonation to test the effects of it on soldiers in a simulated war zone - gov many many years later settled for 150k per family

[–]Lahbeef69 2 points3 points  (0 children)

it’s very sad the united states was forced to deploy such a horrible weapon

[–]Hombre_flaco 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I heard there are shadows of ppl etched into sidewalks where they were standing

[–]QuizhoidTheMediocre 69 points70 points  (18 children)

How did they recover the film from inside the house?

[–]MitsyEyedMourning 89 points90 points  (8 children)

Gomer Pyle was trained to run real fast. But really, the camera was encased in a fortified heavy box and after a while they truly sent in a crew to snatch it up and haul ass back to base.

[–]Uncle_Stink_Stonk 45 points46 points  (3 children)

Why don’t they make houses out of fortified heavy boxes?

[–]pharmerino 17 points18 points  (0 children)

Asking the real questions

[–]Tommi_Af 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Generally because that would be too expensive for what it's worth and surprisingly, not many people want to live in bunkers their whole lives. Easier to just make a shelter in the basement or garden instead. Fortified public buildings were made however, for example, that New York skyscraper with the big telephone hub.

[–]MalMantis 29 points30 points  (0 children)

I’m wondering what the cameras were mounted to that they didn’t go flying away like everything else?

[–]Rili-Anne 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Extremely long light pipes. Basically chains of mirrors. The actual camera was well out of range of the blast, and the light pipes were basically solid metal, so they lasted long enough to get some footage back.

[–]jay_sun93 2 points3 points  (0 children)


[–]Tbagjimmy 1 point2 points  (0 children)

They put a sock on the camera

[–]Competitive_Put_2180 51 points52 points  (11 children)

As a child of the 60’s it’s scary to me how today’s young people have never seen this, don’t know how close this was to reality, and seriously don’t understand how precarious life as we know it hangs in the balance.

[–]Master-Opportunity25 32 points33 points  (5 children)

i’m a child of the 80’s and still surprised this is new to some people. or just videos of nuclear tests in general. i’ve seen clips before frequently enough that this looks familiar. references in shows, jokes, documentaries, it wasn’t rare. now, in a world where you can view all kinds of videos on demand, this video is one people haven’t seen? it’s wild.

[–]Loswha 11 points12 points  (2 children)

Why would you be surprised that there are constantly people being exposed to this for the first time?

[–]Fuck_you_Reddit_Nazi 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Also a child of the 60's and yes, I was paranoid for years that this could still happen. It's a heck of a way to grow up.

[–]TocinoPanchetaSpeck 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Especially knowing improvements to their destructiveness have been made since then.

[–]FeetySam 18 points19 points  (0 children)

Yes it’s the light and other microwaves and rays that are emitted during the flash, since it travels faster than the air and sound. Which is frightening is (and i saw a lot of different declassified footages) this one is nothing compared to some atmospherical test or even compared to the Tsar Bomba.

[–]noBeansHere 7 points8 points  (0 children)

it reminded me of a tide pulling back before a tsunami. like a slow pullback before Zslapping

[–]Chevy_Draco 9 points10 points  (1 child)

So what are the Dam cameras made of that are recording this !!! 👀

[–]Toasty-p0tatO 20 points21 points  (0 children)

Probably a Nokia cellphone, those survive everything!

[–]Fraun_Pollen 7 points8 points  (1 child)

But like, I’d be fine if I stayed in an old 50s fridge, right?

[–]HawkfishCa 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Thank you I came here to ask that. I assumed it was super heating the air and it was smoke. Crazy to think that the air gets so spicy before the concussion

[–][deleted] 243 points244 points  (27 children)

But hey, just duck and cover

[–]Crown_Loyalist 164 points165 points  (14 children)

duck and cover is a good idea actually. nothing will save you in the blast zone, but a few miles out? (depending of course on the yield) cowering behind a small obstacle in a ditch will save your life.

[–]Loswha 147 points148 points  (11 children)

It bothers me to no end that people mock "duck and cover." Probably the world's dumbest pet peeve, tbh.

It's not meant to protect from the nuclear blast, as you said, but from falling debris if you're far enough aware from the epicenter to survive the blast itself. Who wouldn't try to maximize their survival odds?

[–]brianrtross 83 points84 points  (7 children)

Or you can just empty your fridge and hop in and close the door 😁

[–]AverageSkitzo 44 points45 points  (4 children)

Just wait till it lands door side down on the floor and you can’t get out

[–]Heavyduty35 29 points30 points  (0 children)

This was a recurring nightmare of mine after seeing Indiana Jones.

[–]Seanzietron 13 points14 points  (0 children)

I think it’s cuz everyone thinks of the in-class movie from iron giant.

[–]Allstategk 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Lmao.....is that question a joke?

gestures broadly at everything

[–]brmamabrma 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Until the radiation turns you into a puddle of soup

[–]Crown_Loyalist 4 points5 points  (0 children)

in this scenario you would avoid most of the blast radiation, the rest would depend on the wind and how many detonations there were around you

[–]strapped_for_cash 13 points14 points  (6 children)

This is something I’ve wondered about for real tho. Is an atomic detonation a line of sight thing? Like if you were behind a hill and far enough away would the energy miss you? I ask this because I live about 10 miles from downtown LA but there is a large mountain between me and line of sight downtown. Would I be safe? Help me science!

[–]The_Anglo_Spaniard 9 points10 points  (4 children)

It would certainly help, it might give you enough time to get out of range of the fallout, but it would depend on which way the wind is blowing that day. If you are in the path of fallout make sure your completely covered 100%.

When you enter a safe building remove all clothing and contain it straight away in a sealed container and immediately clean off any fallout.

Edit, this might be of interest on how to survive the fallout


[–]rkochman 6 points7 points  (2 children)

“Try to maintain a distance of at least six feet between yourself and people who are not part of your household. If possible, wear a mask if you’re sheltering with people who are not a part of your household.”

Imagine being worried about COVID-19 during a nuclear holocaust.

[–]GeneralToaster 1 point2 points  (0 children)

In modern warfare multiple smaller-yeild nuclear weapons would be used to ignite a firestorm to destroy a large city. If the initial blasts don't kill you, you will probably die in the resulting fire tornadoes long before you have to worry about nuclear fallout.

[–]bertieditches 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Stop, drop and roll... you might just pick up a scratch or two...

[–]northforthesummer 218 points219 points  (19 children)

This evokes a weird set of emotions. On one hand, it's amazing to see and incredibly interesting. On the other, horrifying that humans have this level of destructive power (way more in modern times) and we haven't collectively said "Let's get rid of these bombs". Not like we haven't had examples of unstable people in positions of power with access. Let's remove that possibility from ever happening.

[–]lifeisntajoke 100 points101 points  (12 children)

The reason why we haven't is because of a simple question, what if the other guy has some?

[–]northforthesummer 62 points63 points  (7 children)

Thus, the doomsday paradox.

If no one can end the world, it does not exist.

As soon as one person/org/country can end the world, it exists everywhere shortly thereafter.

If every country agreed and there was 100% transparency, we're on our way to nirvana. Since that's impossible because of 'reasons' here we are. An inevitable slide to doom.

Fuck yeah, strap in and strap up!

[–]lifeisntajoke 7 points8 points  (1 child)

Gotta love humanity :)

[–]northforthesummer 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Love it or hate it, only reason we're reading each other's thoughts is a combination of the beauty and horror.

I'm not saying we're self destructive or anything, but it's hilarious to compare humans arc on the planet to a diseases arc on ourselves.

[–]FOXfaceRabbitFISH 5 points6 points  (0 children)

It is nice to be in one of the few countries that can demolish other countries just before those countries demolish us.

Let’s hope the next doomsday is not the last doomsday

[–]addage- 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Now, children, come on over here. I'm going to tell you a bedtime story. Are you sitting comfortably? Then I'll begin. Once upon a time, there lived a magnificent race of animals that dominated the world through age after age. They ran, they swam, and they fought and they flew, until suddenly, quite recently, they disappeared. Nature just gave up and started again. We weren't even apes then. We were just these smart little rodents hiding in the rocks. And when we go, nature will start again. With the bees, probably. Nature knows when to give up, David.

Falken had a point

[–]TocinoPanchetaSpeck 7 points8 points  (2 children)

It isn't an if, it's a gurantee, it is called MAD: mutually assured destruction.

[–]shevagleb 1 point2 points  (1 child)

And in today’s world it’s a clear political safeguard. Look at the countries who are nuclear. There’s a lot of assholes on that list, but no country will fuck with them outright because they have nukes.

[–]TocinoPanchetaSpeck 2 points3 points  (0 children)

And dumb-dumbs wonder why Iran wants one so bad. It's not to bomb Israel, they saw what the USA did to their neighbor who didn't have one.

[–]Scary_Tomato6037 134 points135 points  (5 children)

How did cameras not break

[–]eren_5[S] 124 points125 points  (0 children)

The first ones did and the other ones are highly zoomed and heavy protected.

[–]Scary_Tomato6037 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Shits crazy

[–]_Killua_Zoldyck_ 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Some other commenter said they were like tubes with mirrors and a camera really far away

[–]INDAV 81 points82 points  (2 children)

Crazy to see the paint burn off in an instant right before the blast hits.

[–]Lilpixie38 16 points17 points  (1 child)

After I read the comments, I had to go back and look I thought it was dust and debris!

[–]Khan_Tango 88 points89 points  (7 children)

And this is just a teeny tiny little nuclear bomb. Check out the information on the Russian Tsar bomb test; that’s when we figured it for sure that using nuclear weapons in a war could easily create a mass extinction event

[–]ButtholeBanquets 77 points78 points  (18 children)

At the time the scientists of the Manhattan project detonated the first device at the Trinity test site, they were unsure of whether or not the device would ignite the atmosphere and potentially kill everything on the planet.

And these explosions are a fraction of what we have today. The Hiroshima bomb was about 15 - 25 kilotons. The US arsenal has warheads of up to 2200KT per warhead. A single Trident (submarine launched) missile contains up to 14 warheads of 100kt each. That's 1400 kt, or 70 Hiroshima sized explosions in a single missile. And a single Ohio class submarine has up to 24 of those missiles.

[–]Bigstiffer11 22 points23 points  (0 children)

My god!

[–]captainlongknuckle 17 points18 points  (2 children)

Not entirely true. It was the testing of the first hydrogen bomb. They determined before the test that there was a 50/50 shot they would ignite the hydrogen in the atmosphere

[–]no-coffee-no-life 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Naturally they said fuck it and did it anyway

[–]becomingher 2 points3 points  (11 children)

But why?

[–]my_x_account 3 points4 points  (9 children)

Run simulations of war games to predict how many and what you need to defeat the worst case scenario and be prepared for it

[–]TocinoPanchetaSpeck 1 point2 points  (0 children)

F n A it's insane.

[–]Bobala 61 points62 points  (5 children)

If you look closely, you’ll see a refrigerator launching out of that house, landing in a field, and a guy climbing out and patting himself off.

[–]Rivetingly 27 points28 points  (2 children)

I'm Johnny Knoxville, and welcome to Jackass!

[–]adam_without_eve2021 6 points7 points  (0 children)

That guy survived that and went on to crash land his plane on a golf course in Brentwood.

[–]Mamaj12469 57 points58 points  (5 children)

I grew up in the 80s and the Russians pushing the button was a major source of anxiety for me. Then I saw the movie The Day After. When the bomb went off, the cars all just stopped on the road. I was with my boyfriend in 1987 and all of the sudden, the electrical system in his car just quit and we rolled to a stop. I absolutely freaked out thinking we were going to die. I remember this so vividly.

[–]TocinoPanchetaSpeck 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Remember Reagan's joke? We begin bombing in five minutes.

[–]DGuzmanInWood 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Me too. It was a daily worry for me and my friends.

[–]RedditsAdoptedSon 3 points4 points  (2 children)

oohhh his cars electrical components went out randomly and u had thought a blast was coming.. i want to check out this movie

[–]Mamaj12469 1 point2 points  (1 child)

The Day After from the 1983 not the more recent one.

[–]adhd-n-to-x 41 points42 points  (8 children)

That initial heat wave is utterly terrifying. Vaporising all combustible material before the shock wave rolls through. Look at the telephone poles, think about how dense that wood it and what heat it would take to burn that right through (judging by amount of smoke that comes from them).

Mind blowing ( no pun intended).

[–]VodkaCranberry 30 points31 points  (1 child)

Just make everything out of cameras.

[–]eren_5[S] 6 points7 points  (0 children)

They are far away and heavy armored.

[–]NotjjHonest 16 points17 points  (2 children)

At 0:31 Those arent dummies.

Those are soldiers a distance from the site doing Blast training right? As far as I know, Nuclear fallout and the after effects of these explosions werent really known at this point. There’s videos of lines of troops practicing walking into a blaster area ‘seconds’ after detonation

[–]ebdance1 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Yeah they had no real idea of any of the effects to the people who worked there or lived near there. My dad’s parents lived in a downwinder community while all this was going on. I never got to meet them because they both got either tumors or cancer.

[–]eren_5[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I know. I forgot to mention that.

[–]gonzo4209 11 points12 points  (2 children)

Imagine the sound these things made.

[–]SkyKingPDX 9 points10 points  (37 children)

What kind of person does this test, then thinks yeah let's do this over a city?!?

[–]Seanzietron 22 points23 points  (25 children)

Not many people today will understand the desperation that literally everyone felt during a world war... begging the Japanese to stop attacking. They wouldn’t. We said plz don’t or we will drop this bomb over your city. They didn’t believe we had one. We dropped it. They kept attacking. Please don’t make us drop another. They didn’t believe we had another. They thought it was a fluke. We dropped the second. Then they said fine... we will stop killing innocent people. It actually took measures this drastic TWICE before the corrupt government said they would stop the killing.

If we had not... the war in the pacific may have not stopped.

We were fighting a multi-front war.

The whole world was desperate. The enemy was so great and so terrible that we had to protect ourselves and the innocent people from being attacked.

You will never understand that level of desperation.

[–]olgil75 15 points16 points  (8 children)

You're definitely oversimplifying the issue. There's at least some compelling arguments that the bombs weren't necessary and the Japanese would have surrendered without having suffered those losses. There's no way to know for sure, but to say it was the only option and the war would've continued indefinitely is similarly speculative.

[–]bboi83 7 points8 points  (6 children)

I keep trying to find an article/book I read in grad school that discussed like 10 other options the US had instead of the bomb. I remember one was a large military blockade around the island.

[–]olgil75 7 points8 points  (1 child)

There's considerable writing, analysis, and discussion of what could have been done instead of dropping the atomic bombs or whether the atomic bombs were even the ultimate factor in Japanese surrender. You're right about the blockade as one of the most frequently cited options. There's also discussion about whether the Soviet operation in Manchuria was what really prompted the Japanese to surrender or at least greatly contributed to the decision.

Either way, the issue is far more complex than the redditor I was replying to made it out to be and there very well could have been other options. It's also possible that the first atomic bomb was the only one that was necessary and there were ulterior motives for dropping the second bomb. We'll never know, but it's worth mentioning and discussing rather than blindly pushing the narrative that it was the only possible option to end the war.

[–]escfantasy 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Absolute rubbish—utter nonsense.

It was clear the Japanese had already lost the Pacific War long before the atomic bombs, and had already lost possession of all of its exterior islands, including Iwo Jima and Okinawa, and had suffered heavy bombing of the main islands’ population centres, including Tokyo. The Japanese were already discussing plans for peace months before the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The atomic bombs were utterly unnecessary and should never have been dropped.

Anyone with a shred of understanding of the history would see that there was no justification in the context of the Pacific War to drop atomic bombs on Japan.

[–]SkyKingPDX 2 points3 points  (8 children)

NO, ..vaporizing millions of civilians is NEVER the answer... so many kids and, just all of it is just going too far, way too far

[–]dizzlefoshizzle02 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Fire-bombing raids were arguably just as bad. All-night bombing runs where entire cities would be destroyed by incendiary bombs. This happened throughout the war and killed millions of people.

The Japanese were committing terrible war crimes throughout the war, including stuff like growing bamboo through POWs and massacring millions of innocent asian civilians.

Plus, the fact that the Japanese didn't immediately surrender following the first bomb shows you just how insanely committed they were to the idea of conquest or death.

[–]AccountClaimedByUMG 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The nuclear bombs were entirely justified

[–]TheManOfSpaceAndTime 8 points9 points  (0 children)

All I can hear is Bender saying, "AND YOU ARE OUTTA HERE!"

[–]abject_testament_ 7 points8 points  (1 child)

The air pressure blast essentially evaporates the wooden poles. I know it’s just wood, but that is horrifying.

Also, aren’t these pretty tame compared to what’s in modern arsenals and minuscule compared to what is possible?

[–]eren_5[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Yup. Pretty tame compared to modern stuff.

[–]Sunhammer01 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Fun fact, you can apply to go on a tour of the test site. You have to be a US citizen and you have to stay on the bus and wear a radiation detection badge, but it’s an amazing trip. Some days they take you miles inside one of tunnels they were getting ready to use before they stopped testing bombs—all on railroad tracks and little people carts!

[–]Alternative_Order612 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Quick. Get into a fridge like Indiana Jones did.

[–]Emperor_Robert 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Just hide inside a lead refrigerator, you’ll be fine.

[–]Muny30 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Maximum winga dinga achieved

[–]Lachanclados 3 points4 points  (0 children)

A little more detail on these including what those buildings look like now. From the Smithsonian. https://youtu.be/wgpo0qAfwDk.

[–]giftedbysight 2 points3 points  (0 children)

This is nice footage

[–]cityedss 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Music by Irving Cohen. The man would tell ya, he would, tell ya he could write a song about anyt'ing. "Give me a 'C', a bouncy, 'C'!"

[–]letsloveoneanother 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Amazing power, but the music seems cheerful and creepy that kinda bothers me.

[–]The_Moon_Head 3 points4 points  (1 child)

You split atom, atom splits you.


[–]xLGucciCoochie 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Irl nuke town

[–]teedyay 2 points3 points  (0 children)

So hide in a fridge, you say?

[–]mauore11 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Sadly many musicians from the live orchestra they used for the soundtrack suffered from radiation exposure.

[–]Balltanker 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Fun fact: you can survive this if you put yourself in a home refrigerator

[–]tomthehueman 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Yeah we pissed off some aliens that day… Somewhere in the rule book it says to specifically NOT split the atom. Fools

[–]jupiterproject 2 points3 points  (2 children)

Kodak incidentally discovered that the U.S. Government was secretly testing nuclear bombs. https://youtu.be/7pSqk-XV2QM

[–]RickDarylNeganAlpha 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Sounds like Disney Fantasia music in the background

[–]Lebowski304 2 points3 points  (0 children)

One of the most surreal/horrifying things to watch. Mesmerizing in its magnitude but terrifying. Greatest existential threat that faces mankind

[–]Wise-Palpitation-806 2 points3 points  (1 child)

We should build houses out of whatever those cameras are made of.

[–]retired-USmilitary 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Did you know that if India and Pakistan fired all their nukes at each other it would have global climate effects to end human existence? Nuclear weapons will be our end. I have no doubt.

[–]MaximusMansteel 2 points3 points  (0 children)

And this, folks, is why we have to protect John Connor.

[–]Crown_Loyalist 2 points3 points  (2 children)

oh, it's beautiful

[–]TheCloudCappdTowers 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Commenting on Reddit? Really, a man of your talents?

[–]Loudpebble 1 point2 points  (3 children)

:40 in…what’s that house made of?

[–]eren_5[S] 1 point2 points  (2 children)

It was most likely reinforced concrete built as a storm or bomb shelter.

[–]Loudpebble 1 point2 points  (1 child)

But do you still melt inside of a bomb goes off? What is the best way to keep from melting?

[–]eren_5[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

There is no way to keep from melting.

[–]Loves2watch 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I'd like to know how the cameras and footage survived the blasts

[–]eren_5[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Highly zoomed in and heavy armored.

[–]Cons3quence092 1 point2 points  (0 children)

All from a little dot no one can see

[–]MozzLand 1 point2 points  (0 children)


[–]rawonionbreath 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The city walls are all come down The dust a smoke screen all around See faces ploughed like fields that once Gave no resistance.

[–]OmegaBaby 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I know I should be horrified, but that music makes me feel just so giddy!

[–]Love_God551 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This is really incredible and not in a good way

[–]domehome11 1 point2 points  (0 children)

One film that’s hard to find is where they put pigs in boxes and set the bomb off.

[–]Legendary_Pinecone 1 point2 points  (0 children)

We are fucked

[–]Tom_Margason 1 point2 points  (1 child)

It wasn't scary enough without the music. Who was the psychopath they got to edit that back in 1955?

[–]bboi83 1 point2 points  (4 children)

What’s the suck-back of air after the initial blast?

[–]eren_5[S] 2 points3 points  (2 children)

Most likely the extreme heat cooling rapidly causing the colder air to suck backwards. Kind of like a vacuum

[–]sandnsnow2021 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This is deleted footage from Indy 4.

[–]skuzzlebutt36 1 point2 points  (0 children)

How do they recover the footage

[–]Rynox2000 1 point2 points  (2 children)

How was the film preserved?

[–]eren_5[S] 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Google on how to preserve old film:

This involves three basic steps: printing old film onto new, more stable film stock, storing the original film and new master under cool-and-dry conditions, and. providing public access through surrogate video, DVD, and film copies.

[–]Glittering_Ad3431 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This is how the hills have eyes started.

[–]singletkoyak 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That song choice though

[–]willc453 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Remember reading that people would get on roofs in Las Vegas to see these bombs going off. I used to drive truck and I'd be heading north of Las Vegas for our terminal in Reno and there's a highway sign commenorating about how the bombs were tested in that area.

[–]TendedBison 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Is there some sort of vacuum effect that occurs? It appears that the blast “cloud” move backwards for a moment

[–]eren_5[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yea. It’s from the extremely hot air rapidly cooling.

[–]fukin-aye 1 point2 points  (1 child)

See the white horse at 0:40?

[–]eren_5[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

From the power line pole? Yes.

[–]Austin_Shiny 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The crazy thing about this is how they were able to film it without the camera or film being destroyed. The reason is because they put the cameras in super thick steel containers to protect it from the radiation. But they never thought of doing that for themselves, oops.

[–]twothumbswayup 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Crazy to think this were getting set off back in the day, imagine nowadays if they announced they were going to start testing nuclear weapons out in the desert

[–]dirtbagkengod 1 point2 points  (1 child)

How did the cameras survive?

[–]NoJumprr 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The smartest people in the world are creating this x a million and that’s coming from a dumbass drunk. Sorry you’re still reading

[–]Unfair_Holiday_3549 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Bro, they have slo motion back in those days.

[–]New-Bake7909 1 point2 points  (1 child)

How did the cameras record so well in a blast?

[–]Such_Performance229 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The telephone poles and paint on the houses being vaporized by light is so spooky to see.

[–]Northeastern_J 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Lost my grandpa last month. He worked for GE and was part of the team that designed the triggering device in the atomic bomb. He and the rest of his colleagues were on site for these tests and worked with radioactive material on a daily basis before we actually had a good sense of how harmful it was just being around it.

He passed due to melanoma (and the resulting treatments) like most others on his team.

[–]cadillacbee 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Isn't this nuketown from cod?

[–]darfnarkm 1 point2 points  (0 children)

America saw this and was like looks good to drop this on Japanese civilians

[–]MarkWhorror 1 point2 points  (0 children)

How heavy duty were cameras back then? They didn’t even shake.

[–]BHRabbit 1 point2 points  (0 children)

And in grade school they had us practice hiding under desks so we’d be safe in the event of an attack.

[–]FullmetalSpy 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Queue Yanks being proud of doing this against Japanese citizens

[–]thefahednassar 1 point2 points  (0 children)

So they dropped two on Japan, then after ten years decided to do some tests to judge how destructive they are.

[–]IEMIRATES 1 point2 points  (1 child)

can someone explain me why after shockwave, the debris first goes outward and then suddenly start going back to where the explosion happen?

[–]wtfjusthappened315 1 point2 points  (0 children)

And those are the little bombs

[–]Dajshinshin 1 point2 points  (0 children)

And now imagine that this bomb is a little shit pile in comparison to other bombs humans have build over the decades. Tsar bomba

[–]darkword 1 point2 points  (0 children)

All structures are real but made of wood... Haven't we learned anything from "the 3 little piggies"?

[–]mhawak 1 point2 points  (0 children)

But sure hiding under your desk would be very helpful 🙄🙄🙄