If the Americans hadn’t dropped atom bombs ‘Little Boy’ and ‘Fat Man’ on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, respectively, they would have most probably used what is called a ‘tsunami bomb’.
This is a scene from the 2011 Japan Tsunami. It would have been a similar scene if the Americans had used the Tsunami Bomb on Japan during WWII. AP Photo/Kyodo News
That the US was planning to use tsunami as a weapon against, most possibly, the Imperial Japanese came to light in 2013 when a New Zealand researcher Ray Waru examined files related to the Kiwi military kept in the National Archives.
Yet three years down the line, not everyone is aware that there was once a tsunami bomb and it could have been used if their atomic counterparts failed to do the damage.
The once top-secret documents reveal that to generate a tsunami of that devastating nature, 10 blasts with about a million pounds of explosives would have to be conducted about five miles from shore.
That would be enough to trigger a tsunami of a devastating nature.
Composite pictures showing the tsunami generated by the bomb. Conspiracy Cafe
According to The Telegraph, which wrote about Waru’s research, the project started in June 1944 and continued till 1945.
All the tests returned positive results. The bomb was, however, never developed as a conventional weapon and because of the success of the atom bombs, the project itself was shelved. Though the allies continued to develop similar weapons including the ‘Bouncing Bomb’, which was used to attack a German dam.
This GIF shows the ‘Bouncing Bomb’, which was developed concurrently with the Tsunami Bomb. Unlike the Tsunami Bomb, the bouncing bomb would explode near a dam in order to breach it and inundate nearby areas. WikimediaCommons
But the biggest hole in the theory is the Soviet angle itself for the Soviets were part of the Allied forces against Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan, and the project itself was shelved much before the start of the Cold War.