My name is Angelica, I'm 16, and I don't want to go back to school. I'm in a lot of fandoms so it will be pretty random most of the time. You can send me a message any time you want (about anything) and I'm probably more scared of you then you are of me. Yeah.
As close as you will ever be to a nuclear explosion
THIS IS FUCKING TERRIFYING
No thank you.
The columns of smoke in the foreground are telephone poles boiling
This is way cooler to look at than it should be
Science side of Tumblr would like to add:
Heat is generally transmitted in 3 forms: conduction, convection, radiation.
The fact that the telephone poles and wires are boiling away well before the shockwave hits them indicates that the heat from the explosion has not reached them by convection (much slower than the speed of sound) or by conduction (at best, comparable to the speed of sound), but purely by radiation. In other words: the explosion is bright enough to boil everything.
And now you know why the U.S. and the Soviet Union never fought each other. Ironically, nuclear weapons probably prevented a third world war from ever happening because neither side wanted to unleash those atomic horrors.