Underground Nuclear Explosion Causes 6.8 Magnitude Earthquake

first published on November 14, 2018 by

Historical video shows the devastating effects of an underground nuclear explosion, which registered as a 6.8 magnitude earthquake.

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The footage is a short clip from “Atomic Journeys: Welcome to Ground Zero,” a documentary narrated by William Shatner, focusing on the history of atomic bomb detonations in America.

The sobering imagery shows various angles of the blast and longstanding cliffsides and rock features crumbling while the ground is launched into the air. Over 1,000 aftershocks, some as severe as 4.0 on the Richter scale were recorded in the month following the blast.

The ground over the device rose over 25 feet as a result of the blast. Two miles of shoreline immediately collapsed into the sea. The beaches and nearby ocean floor were permanently raised five feet.