What Does a Nuclear Bomb Explosion Feel Like?



The existential threat of nuclear war is no longer a Cold War memory. With nine countries armed with around 15,000 atomic bombs up to 53 times stronger than those dropped in the Second World War, the stakes are arguably higher.

Ahead of the International Day against Nuclear Tests on August 29, we met up British atomic veterans who were present at test sites in Australia and the Pacific, to find out what it’s like to experience a nuclear bomb explosion up close.

While most people know about the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, fewer are aware that an additional 2,000 atomic bombs were detonated after World War II and tested on hundreds of thousands of young soldiers to prepare them for nuclear war.

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44 Responses

  1. john dilloway says:

    Not allowed to talk about it, that way it never happened as far as government were concerned, it did not affect them so it did not matter, same as everything concerning government, we are not important, governments were not expecting any of them to live beyond the 1990's thats why they were allowed to talk after then, and the guilty ones were most probably dead as well, they got that wrong as well, BASTARDS. we the unimportant pay your f*****g wages remember that.

  2. Oliver Rugg says:

    My Great Uncle was a part of these tests. He never talked all that much about it until he was practically on his deathbed, the thing that's always stuck with me however, is he claimed he saw number of men who had fought and survived in WW2 from El-Alamein to the fall of Berlin, physically fall to the ground and cry for their mothers.

  3. macocwbyz72 says:

    Human beings can be so constructive and destructive at the same time. I really fear that we will cause our own demise.

  4. S Saint says:

    "they don't know."

    Now we do.

  5. ron burns says:

    This is what makes me so mad. What is happening in now with forced vaccines on people anc people actually say in the comment section that the government know what best for you. Like wth. I don't care if you're vaxxed or not. But if you believe in government then i just get mad and think what hope to we have

  6. Scootermom says:

    I would never in a million years have imagined the blast from the bomb would actually break someone's bones! How horrible! And these guys were literal guinea pigs – not being told what they were going to do….not given the option to NOT go?! That's unforgivable! Bless these men who suffered so much! I hope their suffering will not have been in vain.

  7. mhmd abou says:

    A nation that have no respect for its soldiers doesn’t deserve to remain .

  8. Halcyon says:

    Holy shit, Weston super mare?? THATS MY TOWN

  9. Domanlu Dellang says:

    It is very sad to know that man only learned to destroy the world. but never tried how to save the people in this world.

  10. Carola Urrutia says:

    Young people should know this crime to these people!

  11. Alex van Klaveren says:

    What does a nuclear bomb explosion feel like?

    Japan in 1945: lemme check, brb

  12. RealMetalGaming says:

    "There was no comprehension that something like that could even exist" don't know why but that terrifies me.

  13. ImWaxndring says:

    This shouldn't even exist the world is not bad people who create things like these are making the world bad

  14. Rebecca Campbell says:

    I am sorry for the guy in the beginning of this video … but he saying nonsense!
    X-rays are a form of gamma radiation, and they are all invisible to the human sight.
    What he experienced was the visible light in several dozens increased magnitude, enough to go thru skin, soft tissue but not bones.
    If the interviewer talking to this witness doesn't know the difference, this video has a thumbs down for fake and misleading

  15. Buck Anderson says:

    How do you justify war crimes on your own people? There is a reason the Bible labels nuclear weapons as abominations of desolation. They are an abomination in the sight of God!

  16. Togglism says:

    USA Land of the free

  17. Armando Angel Reyes says:

    Nevada & whoever other state& marshall islands the air , the earth rotates so this it purposely spread soldiers experimented on drugs, acid, lsd, mind control , now vaccines prior going to middle east to fight a lie money, oil, grid.9/11 inside job same as pearl harbor they both allowed to happen they went straight to terrisiom. All this had been planned out ahead of time, patriot act in place how it had come fast blaming saddam, & bin laden to blame blame middle. Then george punk privilege bush saying either your with the terrorist or with us trying to put words in out mouths..
    How is. It that he fire knowledge of 9/12 cheney, rumsfled. And when he is at school house being told about about attack which tyrannists used school children to make look good like he is going to do something, plus that he had seen the first strike
    on TV it was not takes time from time it happen,
    Again this was planned out months or years back they were waiting for right time plus there so war games to confuse traffic controllers. After21 years people are realizing the truth. Both bushs their father great grand father Prescott bush were nazi sympathies again germans were brought over that were Nandi ss from holocaust, germ warfare biological gas was developed by nazis instead of locking them for period of time only a few were hung.
    Peral. harbor Roosevelt's people,mlitiary rank had broken the codes they knew time & day japanese were attacking.

  18. Keith Stapleton says:

    How to live forever: be a camera man

  19. Nikos S. says:

    And eventually we still trust the government doing the vaccines on us.

  20. Valenciano Chavez De Jesus says:

    hi

  21. Bass N Brass says:

    Funny that the British sold HMS Warrior immediately after this to the Argentine government. Bet it was glowing

  22. Stella Doffo says:

    This is why joining the army is retarded. They don’t give a fuck about your health and well being.

  23. Bianca F. says:

    They said they'd have been inprisoned for treason for talking about this when the gouvernment doing this to it's own people are the real traitors to the country.

  24. Richard Garno says:

    Nuclear, not nucular.

  25. Rose Kitty, Gray Kitty, Jack Kitty Kitty says:

    Bombs just feel like bad weather, the reason for climate change. As far as I am concerned, we all live in daily nuclear fallout==nuclear weather, which is always intentional!

  26. Don Jorge says:

    How does it feel? What a stupid question.
    People who ordered this should be punished – but that won't happen.

  27. Seven Simons says:

    Its messed up how someone could just throw these men into this experiment and be able to sleep at night

  28. Ashallmusica says:

    Humans experimenting their idiotic joys on earth.

  29. Anzac R says:

    We have no choice but to destroy North Korea
    Donald Trump

  30. Anita Thakur says:

    'WoW my new toys look good'
    – GANDHI

  31. Groupwar NA says:

    The leaders of these western countries were the first who practiced terror on innocent people, at that time, and by them, the term "terror" started.

  32. dewayne martin says:

    It's stupid to act as if trump put us at risk for nuclear war!!! You sir are stupidly mis-lead by media. Biden now has put us on the brink of ww3 and nuclear war with his rhetoric on Russia and North Korea!! Its sad you see yourself as smart with your misrepresented trump quote

  33. Tony Gene says:

    The camera shake is almost unbearable

  34. FineMotorsports says:

    Let’s be clear about this subject and it’s probably safe to say that nuclear bombs and hydrogen bombs aren’t ever needed to be used nor kept in any way shape or form. The devastation of an explosion that severe shouldn’t even exist let alone used for purposes of war. Scientists and war leaders know this yet still threaten the use of them because other money and greed. This threatens human life that hasn’t laid a finger on a fly or have an ounce of killing in their soul. Using these weapons is honestly disappointing for why they would use them and quite frankly immature thinking of those in power that have them. That’s just my opinion though.

  35. Currently in Phil’s Basement says:

    Imagine seeing your broken bone through a live x-ray

  36. Currently in Phil’s Basement says:

    Holy I feel bad for these guys but it would be cool to see you bones and stuff

  37. YTjndallas says:

    My Mother’s brother was one of the 326 survivors aboard the USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor. He was a gunner’s mate. Navy. About a dozen of the 326 were Marines.
    Earnest M. Shawn was his name.
    You can Google his name as a survivor. He went on to more Pacific battles and earned three “Battle-Stars” including at The Battle of Midway” and “The Battle of Solomon Islands.” He also survived another sinking. I think, on the USS Porter? He retired in Florida as an instructor in anti-submarine hunting warfare.

  38. Blazes WithWolvez says:

    Close your eyes and imagine seeing the X-ray of your hand through your eye lids. WHOA!!! That is definitely bright. Scary.

  39. Obvioustroller says:

    These men were touched by the apocalypse.

  40. Christum adora says:

    When the country you serve becomes your enemy.

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  42. Marcel Pete says:

    Before I watch this I assume it feels like death. Now I ask you what does death fill like?

  43. Lane Fowler says:

    This isn’t sacrifice… this is murder. Simple as that.

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