To those who don’t know yet, Saudi Arabia created a coalition (comprised of Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Sudan, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Pakistan) began bombing Yemen yesterday, and there are talks of a full ground invasion in the coming days. Right now people are terrified for their lives, people are losing their homes, their loved ones, access to food and water. Many civilians have already been killed. Please pay attention to Yemen. Don’t stand by and silently ignore yet another country being bombed into nothingness. Not again. Give the Yemeni people all of your support, your prayers, your solidarity, keep them in your thoughts. Do not let their suffering go uncared for and unnoticed. I know you all would care if it were your streets that were on fire, or your homes turned to rubble.

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The Largest Bomb Ever Detonated — The Explosion of the Tsar Bomba,

The early 1960’s was a time when Soviet leaders would stand at the UN podium and issue threats, while Soviet scientists and engineers pulled feats that were intended to make the West shit it’s capitalistic pants in terror.  One such event was the detonation of the Tsar Bomba (Emperor Bomb) in 1961, which holds the record for being the largest man made explosion in history.

Created while the Cold War was scalding hot, the Tsar Bomba was a hydrogen bomb with a massive yield of 50-58 megatons of TNT, about 1,500 times larger than the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. If that amount of TNT was stacked up into a cube, it’s sides would be as tall as the Eiffel Tower.  While this yield was certainly massive, the Tsar Bomba was originally designed to be 100 megatons, but was scaled down for fear that the plane which dropped the bomb would not have enough time to fly away and avoid the bomb’s blast.  On October 30th, 1961 the 60,000 lb bomb was loaded onto a modified Soviet TU-95V bomber piloted by Major Andrei Durnotsev.  The bomb was to be dropped at a testing site on the Novaya Zemlya archipelago because of its remoteness far from any population centers.

At 11:32 AM the bomb was dropped from an altitude of 10,500 feet and detonated at an altitude of 4,000 feet.   The bomb was released with a parachute so that the plane would have enough time to fly to safety.  The explosion that resulted was momentous, and Soviet jaws would drop at the sight of the fiery monster they had unleashed. The initial fireball of the blast measured around 5 miles in diameter.   It created a flash of light that could be seen from over 2,000 km away.  After the explosion, a mushroom cloud formed that was 64 km in height, over 7 times the height of Mount Everest, and 40 km in diameter.  Enough heat was produced by the blast that it could cause 3rd degree burns 100 km away.  The resulting shockwave from the blast toppled wood structures hundreds of kilometers away, and rattled windows as far away as Finland, Sweden, and Norway.  The shockwave traveled around the Earth three times before being fully dissipated.  Overall, the total amount of energy released by the bomb measure 8.1 on the Richter scale.  Yes, mankind’s largest explosion was the equivalent of a level 8 earthquake, combined with a blast of heat measuring near the temperature of the sun’s surface. 

Fortunately, no other bomb of its type would ever be built.  The bomb was so large that the Soviets had few planes that would have been large enough to deliver the bomb to a target.  Furthermore, the accuracy of new intercontinental ballistic missiles made such powerful bombs unnecessary as they could more than adequately vaporizes targets such as cities or military installations.  Finally in 1963 the Soviets and NATO nations signed the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, which banned the above ground testing of nuclear weapons.