On This Day In Chemistry

November 1st

The United States of America tested their first hydrogen bomb on this day in 1952

Named "Ivy Mike", the blast released approximately the same amount of energy as ten million tons of tri-nitro-toluene (TNT). It produced a blinding white fireball stretching 4 km across, and left a huge underwater crater that was almost 2 km wide and 50 m deep.

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