Nuclear Bombs Dropped In The World

A Nuclear Bombs  is an explosive device that derives its destructive force from nuclear reactions, either fission (fission bomb) or from a combination of fission and fusion reactions (thermonuclear bomb). Both bomb types release large quantities of energy from relatively small amounts of matter. The first test of a fission (“atomic”) bomb released an amount of energy approximately equal to 20,000 tons of TNT(84 TJ). The first thermonuclear (“hydrogen”) bomb test released energy approximately equal to 10 million tons of TNT (42 PJ). A thermonuclear weapon weighing little more than 2,400 pounds (1,100 kg) can release energy equal to more than 1.2 million tons of TNT (5.0 PJ). A nuclear device no larger than traditional bombs can devastate an entire city by blast, fire, and radiation. Since they are weapons of mass destruction, the proliferation of Nuclear Bombs is a focus of international relations policy.

Nuclear Bombs weapons have been used twice in war, both times by the United States against Japan near the end of World War II. On August 6, 1945, the U.S. Army Air Forces detonated a uranium gun-type fission bomb nicknamed “Little Boy” over the Japanese city of Hiroshima; three days later, on August 9, the U.S. Army Air Forces detonated a plutonium implosion-type fission bomb nicknamed “Fat Man” over the Japanese city of Nagasaki. These bombings caused injuries that resulted in the deaths of approximately 200,000 civilians and military personnel. The ethics of these bombings and their role in Japan’s surrender are subjects of debate.

Since the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, nuclear weapons have been detonated over two thousand times for testing and demonstration. Only a few nations possess such weapons or are suspected of seeking them. The only countries known to have detonated nuclear weapons—and acknowledge possessing them—are (chronologically by date of the first test) the United States, the Soviet Union(succeeded as a nuclear power by Russia), the United Kingdom, France, China, India, Pakistan, and North Korea. Israel is believed to possess nuclear weapons, though, in a policy of deliberate ambiguity, it does not acknowledge having them. Germany, Italy, Turkey, Belgium and the Netherlands are nuclear weapons sharing states. South Africa is the only country to have independently developed and then renounced and dismantled its nuclear weapons.

Since the first nuclear test on 15 July 1945, there have been over 2,051 other nuclear weapons tests around the world. Read the Map of every nuclear-bomb explosion in history. 

List of Nuclear Bombs Dropped In The World:

Name of Nuclear ExplosionCountryYear
TrinityUSA1945
Little Boy*USA1945
Fat Man*USA1945
RDS-1USSR1949
HurricaneUK1952
Ivy MikeUSA1952
Joe 4USSR1953
Castle BravoUSA1954
RDS-37USSR1955
Grapple XUK1957
Gerboise BleueFrance1960
Tsar BombaUSSR1961
596China1964
Test No. 6China1967
CanopusFrance1968
Smiling BuddhaIndia1974
Pokhran-IIIndia1998
Chagai-IPakistan1998
2006 North Korea Nuclear TestNorth Korea2006
2009 North Korea Nuclear TestNorth Korea2009

 

*Little Boy and Fat Man were used as Atom Bomb on Japan. The United States dropped atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945, during the final stage of the Second World War. The two bombings, which killed at least 129,000 people, remain the only use of nuclear weapons for warfare in history.

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