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This is What Would Happen If a Nuclear Bomb Was Detonated in The Marianas Trench

Nukes cause untold devastation on our planet's surface but what would the effects be if the weapons were deployed in our oceans' deepest point?


The Marianas Trench, located in the western Pacific Ocean approximately 124 miles (200 kilometers) east of the Mariana Islands, is known as the deepest point in our planet's oceans. The trench is 35,814 feet below sea level (10.9 kilometers).

As a point of reference, if Mount Everest, Earth's highest mountain, were to be dropped into the Marianas Trench, its peak would still be submerged by more than a mile (1.6 kilometers) underwater. Taking into account this extreme depth, the folks at Munich-based YouTube channel Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell decided to explore the very interesting question of what would happen if a nuke was deployed at the bottom of this spot.

On Earth, nuclear weaponry has terrifying and devastating effects. Would the consequences to our planet be just as severe at this depth in our oceans?

The video begins by stating some possible outcomes. "For sure, tsunamis hundreds of meters high would destroy coastal cities, earthquakes would level countries, new volcanoes would bring us nuclear winter, maybe even Earth could be ripped apart or thrown out of orbit... Well, almost," says the narrator.

The clip goes on to explain scientifically exactly what would happen. We won't tell you the details but we promise you will be pleasantly surprised.

Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell was founded by Philipp Dettmer in 2013 and today has over 6 million subscribers. The channel's clips predominantly discuss scientific subjects.

The name comes from the German kurz gesagt which means "said in short." The lively and engaging video illustrations bring viewers complex subjects in well-thought and understandable formats.

If you liked this clip, you might enjoy this hypothetical video on what would happen if a hole were dug in the Marianas Trench.

 This is What Would Happen If a Nuclear Bomb Was Detonated in The Marianas Trench

 

 

 

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