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    11 Historic Events That Created the World's Largest Mushroom

    11 Historic Events That Created the World's Largest Mushroom

    Notable mushroom clouds that synthetically and naturally occurred in the world.
    Mushrooms have traditionally been associated both with life and death, food and poison, making them a powerful symbol.
    The photo below, taken over the mountains of Gatlinburg, Tennessee, is a natural mushroom cloud formation. It causes no harm but rather provides a scenic view.

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    Here are a handful of the most destructive mushroom clouds that appeared on Earth. They have caused much destruction to mankind and to nature as well.

    Mount Pinatubo Mushroom Cloud

    This peculiar mushroom is the giant mushroom-cloud which was formed during the eruption of Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines on June 15, 1991. The effects of the eruption were felt worldwide. It ejected roughly 10 billion metric tons of magma, and 20 million tons of SO2, bringing vast quantities of minerals and metals to the surface environment. It injected large amounts of aerosols into the stratosphere -more than any eruption since that of Krakatoa in 1883.

    Redoubt Volcano Mushroom Cloud

    This gigantic mushroom cloud that billowed over the sky was formed by Redoubt Volcano's eruption in 1989. The mushroom-shaped plume rose from avalanches of hot debris (pyroclastic flows) that cascaded down the north flank of the volcano. This volcano is situated in Alaska, USA.

    Mount St. Helens Mushroom Cloud

    The huge mushroom cloud above was created by the eruption of Mount St. Helens on May 18, 1980. The bulge and surrounding area slid away in a gigantic rockslide and debris avalanche, releasing pressure, and triggering a major pumice and ash eruption of the volcano. Fifty-seven people were killed. This volcano is located in Washington, USA.

    Ngauruhoe Volcano Mushroom Cloud

    The massive mushroom cloud above was formed during the volcano's eruption in 1974. This volcano with a near perfect cone is located in the Tangariro Massif. It has been New Zealand's most active volcano in historic times, with more than 60 eruptive episodes since its first recorded eruption in 1839. Another eruption occurred in 1977.

    Those were deadly and dangerous mushroom clouds created by nature. The mushroom clouds below were all manmade. Some of these mushroom clouds devastated thousands of human beings directly and indirectly and some destroyed many valuable ecological sites in the world.

    Bikini Atoll Mushroom Cloud

    This huge mushroom cloud is from a 23 kiloton atomic bomb detonated 90 feet underwater during Operation Crossroads along the Bikini Atoll in Marshall Islands on July 25, 1946. This was the second atomic detonation of the operation. The first blast of the operation, which took place on July 1st, was detonated at an altitude of 520 feet. The inhabitants of this place were paid and relocated. After a few years, a few residents went back but soon again remove from the area because it is still highly contaminated.

    Castle Romeo Mushroom Cloud

    This magnificent mushroom cloud with prominent condensation ring is from a Castle Romeo hydrogen bomb test which was detonated on March 27, 1954, after several delays (which played havoc with the planned experimental measurements program) at Bikini Atoll, on a barge moored in the middle of the crater from the Castle Bravo test. It was the first such barge-based test, a necessity that had come about because the powerful thermonuclear devices destroyed islands if they were set off on land.

    Ivy Mike Mushroom Cloud

    This mushroom cloud that seem provided a scenic view is from Ivy Mike, a codename given to the first US test of a fusion device where a major part of the explosive yield came from fusion. It was detonated on November 1, 1952 by the US on Enewetak Atoll in the Pacific Ocean, as part of Operation Ivy. The device was the first full test of a staged fusion bomb, and is generally considered the first successful test of a hydrogen bomb.

    First Atomic Explosion Mushroom Cloud

    This mushroom cloud which is about 8 miles high is emitted from the first atomic explosion test in the New Mexican desert that took place on July 16, 1945. It's a plutonium-core nuclear bomb which was raised to the top of a 65-foot-high steel tower in the New Mexican desert. The Trinity test began when the bomb, called “the gadget”, was detonated on July 16 at 5:30 a.m. The scientists, watching 10 miles from the tower, had disagreed on what would happen following the detonation -- from nothing to the end of the world. Instead it caused an explosion that was about the equivalent of 19 kilotons of TNT.

    Little Boy Mushroom Cloud in the Hiroshima Bombing

    Little Boy was dropped on the city of Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, creating this gigantic mushroom cloud and killed more than 140,000 people, mostly, civilians. Thousands more died later due injuries and illnesses attributed to exposure to radiation emitted by the explosion.

    Fat Man Mushroom Cloud in the Nagasaki Bombing

    This is the Fat Man mushroom cloud from the nuclear explosion over Nagasaki which rises 18 km (11 mi, 60,000 ft) into the air from the hypocenter. The explosion took place on August 9, 1945, three days after the bombing of Hiroshima. 80,000 perished instantly and thousands more died later due to exposure to radiation from the explosion. Six days later, Japan surrendered. These are to date the only attacks with nuclear weapons in the history of warfare.

    Approximately, there have been 2,000 nuclear tests performed on the different part of the world. Eight countries have performed nuclear tests - the USA, UK, France, China, Russia, India, Pakistan and North Korea. There is speculation that Israel has an arsenal of nuclear weapons supplied by the US although it has never performed a test.

    Production of nuclear weapons should be stopped at once, if not, the world will be on the brink of destruction.

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    Very nice post.

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    hmmm.... so frightening....

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