A chilling new graphic has revealed the devastating reach of an “atmospheric burst” that could be released from a hypothetical nuclear explosion over the Pacific Ocean.
The simulation of a “radio-isotope cloud” spreading for two weeks across the ocean towards Asia and the US was released on the Twitter account of Lassina Zerbo, the head of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organisation, a group tasked with monitoring weapons tests.
It offers no supporting data, including the yield or altitude of the theoretical bomb, or the threat that the cloud would pose to human health.
Mr Zerbo later clarified that it was “simply a rough simulation of [a] potential cloud that could carry isotopes!” that had been created in response to inquiries.
Last Friday, North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho responded to US President Donald Trump’s threat at the United Nations to destroy the rogue regime that Pyongyang may take action, up to and including the “powerful detonation of an H-bomb in the Pacific.”
Hydrogen bombs are thermonuclear weapons more powerful than ordinary fission-based atomic bombs.
Source: The Telegraph