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’.
Yes, during World War II the US and its ally New Zealand had successfully tested a bomb that could generate a wave of over 30-feet in height. The tsunami so triggered would be powerful enough to wipe out a coastal town.
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.
It was called Project Seal and around 3,700 bombs were detonated in New Caledonia and at Whangaparaoa Peninsula, near Auckland.
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.
There is no picture of the bomb itself and the only available photos are from the tests.
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.
There is also a theory which suggests that Project Seal was to fool the Soviets into believing that the Americans had something far more destructive than the atomic bomb.
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.
What is dangerous is the fact that weapons of mass destruction were tested and made during the Great War. What is even more dangerous is the thought that weapons capable of causing even more damage are most likely being developed in the world, which have been kept top-secret as of now.