Surviving a nuclear explosion takes more than just skills. It also requires a great deal of luck.

If a nuclear warhead explodes anywhere near you, you must take shelter in an instant, before the shockwave and fallout reaches you.

Of course, you may already know this stuff if you are a true survivalist. However, what today’s e-mail is trying to achieve is to determine just how lethal and dangerous a nuclear explosion is.

Over a thousand nukes were tested by the U.S. alone during 1945 and 1992, not counting Russia and the rest of states with nuclear capabilities.

Ground zero was not exclusively on the ground, but also into the atmosphere, below the seas, as well as in space.

Yes, they have performed tests literally everywhere, and there were people volunteering to test the alleged harm of these colossal explosions.

1.Starfish Prime

Hawaiiens had quite a view

On July 9, 1962, the U.S. military launched a Thor rocket equipped with a W49 thermonuclear warhead which was detonated to bits at an altitude of 32,000 feet up high in the atmosphere.

The outcome was above expectations, with the nuke causing a colossal EMP that rendered useless all monitoring equipment aimed at researching the blast.

The isles of Hawaii felt the effects firsthand. Although the detonation point was about 900 miles away, it still caused a bunch of significant electronic damage, such as shutting down streetlights, telephone services, and trigger every car and house alarm on the isles.

The flash caused by the explosion could be seen from more than 30,000 miles away. It additionally caused luminous auroras that could be observed on the other side of the equator.

A technical report about the Starfish Primes explosion reads that “the visible phenomena due to the burst were widespread and quite intense; a very large area of the Pacific was illuminated by the aurora phenomenon…at twilight after the burst, resonant scattering of light from lithium and other debris was observed at Johnston and French Frigate Schoals for many days, confirming the long time presence of debris in the atmosphere.”

Furthermore, the explosion contributed to the creation of Earth’s radiation belt.

However, inhabitants of the Pacific isles were not so concerned about what was happening above their heads, since various hotels in Hawaii were putting out “rainbow bomb” parties to celebrate the Starfish event.

But was there really no reason to be concerned when powerful blasts were happening right above your head? The next event on the list will clear this out.

2.Nevada Nuclear Tests

On July 19, 1957, five men volunteered to stay underneath ground zero at the Nevada test site with a cameraman (allegedly not a volunteer) taping it all.

The warhead’s equivalent of 2 kilotons of TNT was blasted a bit over 2 miles high above the men wearing no protective gear at all.

Although the cameraman asked for a protective suit, he didn’t receive any since the experiment was meant to assure U.S. citizens that nuclear bombs are not as scary as everyone believed them to be at that point in time.

The aftermath only gave a brisk scare to the men due to the sound blast. After that they could admire the intense red glow of the explosion.

It all seemed fine until a few more years had gone by and the volunteers (including the unfortunate cameraman who was most likely forced to assist) had all gotten cancer. Even so, almost all of them were fortunate enough to live until their 80s.

3.Storax Sedan

On July 6, 1962, at the same Nevada National Security Site, another nuke was tested, this time not so deep underground.

The purpose of the test was to determine the potential implication of nuclear weapons for “mining, cratering, and other civilian purposes.”

The experiment, part of the broader Operation Plowshare, entered history as the most contaminating radioactive fallout wave to poison U.S. residents. If you didn’t quite get the “other civilian purposes” part, you will understand it in a second.

After the Sedan explosion, a huge radioactive cloud had risen above the test site, soon after breaking into two plumes which heightened to 10,000 feet and 16,000 feet respectively.

The wind had steered the radioactive plumes east and northeast towards the Atlantic, but their path intersected with several U.S. counties.

The event accounts as the biggest radioactive polluter of U.S. soil in history.

High levels of radioactivity were detected in about eight counties in Iowa, and at least one county in Nebraska, Illinois, and South Dakota.

To make an impression about the gravity of this situation, know that four of the affected counties noted radiation levels higher than 6,00 microcuries, with a total of more than 880,000 curies being released from the detonation.

Other than these “civilian purposes,” the nuclear warhead had met its other objectives. Being detonated from a shallow shaft dug into the desert’s floor (636 feet deep), the 104 kiloton of TNT equivalent bomb raised a 300 feet earth dome before breaking in all directions, uprooting over 11,000,000 tons of soil.

The Sedan crater is the largest crater made by man in the U.S. and it appears in the National Register of Historic Places. The Sedan blast is also responsible for 7 percent of the entire fallout radiation that had ever hit the U.S. as a result of the nuclear tests at NTS.

You can find out more about these test sites and a couple of others by watching this very informative video.


Radioactivity implications were less known back then. The rudimentary devices used at that time to measure the effects of radiation were also fairly inaccurate.

The government wanted to let civilians know at first that these nuclear bombs they were so afraid of don’t do much harm unless detonated over a highly populated area.

However, further tests and technological improvements revealed just how toxic these tests have been for both humans and the planet.

Radioactivity at various nuclear test sites across the globe persist even today. There is no greater risk than radiation for public safety. Unfortunately, there is little we can do to shield ourselves from the ordeals of past generations.

What matters today is to voice our concerns about such environmental atrocities in the hopes of preventing any future (live) tests.

Although this peace is hanging by a thread, and nuclear disasters are not taken completely out of the equation, there is still time to build an appropriate shelter and an evacuation plan in case SHTF.

Understand that one nuclear explosion will not end the world. You will have plenty of places to hide from its devastating effects.

With many other explosions across the globe, in case a nuclear war breaks out, the Earth will be thrown into a bleak radioactive winter with ashes and fallout as the new snow.

I am hopeful however that our leaders have learned their lesson, and that war of such devastating nature will never occur.

What are your thoughts on this? Would you subject yourself to a high-altitude nuclear detonation if you were offered money? Do you have your shelter ready in case an ordeal happens?

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