Wednesday, October 26, 2011

last of US’s most powerful nuclear bombs dismantled in texas

b53 bomb dismantlement - victory or sideshow?*
last of US’s most powerful nuclear bombs dismantled in texasfrom reuters: The last of a powerful class of nuclear weapons introduced into the U.S. arsenal at the height of the Cold War in 1962 was being dismantled on Tuesday at a nuclear weapons storage facility outside Amarillo, Texas. "This was one of the largest bombs in the American arsenal," said Joshua McConaha, Public Affairs Director for the Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration. He said the exact strength of the bomb -- known as the B53 and being dismantled at the DOE's B&W Pantex facility -- remains classified, but it is believed to have been many hundreds of times more powerful than the atomic bomb that destroyed Hiroshima in 1945.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Note the key word "was". Rest assured, there are far more powerful nukes sitting in silos right now, enough still to destroy the planet 50 times over..and that is just the nukes on OUR side.

Back in the 80's when the US and USSR agreed to destroy the nuke stockpile, only a small fraction of these weapons were in fact destroyed. Most of which were older designs and worthless considering the much more powerful yields of the newer nukes. The agreement only dealt with the older stockpiles, not the new ones.

So do not breath a sigh of relief with this. It means NOTHING!

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