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What Does a Nuclear Bomb Explosion Feel Like?

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The existential threat of nuclear war is no longer a Cold War memory. With nine countries armed with around 15,000 atomic bombs up to 53 times stronger than those dropped in the Second World War, the stakes are arguably higher. Ahead of the International Day against Nuclear Tests on August 29, we met up British atomic veterans who were present at test sites in Australia and the Pacific, to find out what it’s like to experience a nuclear bomb explosion up close. While most people know about the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, fewer are aware that an additional 2,000 atomic bombs were detonated after World War II and tested on hundreds of thousands of young soldiers to prepare them for nuclear war. Subscribe to MOTHERBOARD: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-To-MOTHERBOARD Follow MOTHERBOARD Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/motherboardtv Twitter: http://twitter.com/motherboard Tumblr: http://motherboardtv.tumblr.com/ Instagram: http://instagram.com/motherboardvice More videos from the VICE network: https://www.fb.com/vicevideo
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Richard Coeur DeLion (2 hours ago)
But nuclear bombs prevented so many wars. What would have been WWIII if it weren't for nuclear bombs, we now call it the cold war.
AliasSLH (5 hours ago)
Death, it feels like death.
GabeDoesStuff5432123 (5 hours ago)
A saying that I will always remember came from a Holocaust survivor who came to speak at my middle school, and he said "We cannot embrace each other with nuclear arms." I remember thinking of how profound that wordplay was, and it has yet to become irrelevant. I think about that a lot.
Alice Maria (6 hours ago)
This hurts me more than anything . My heart is shattered completely by hearing their stories .
Kellie Thornton (15 hours ago)
I'm really glad I watched this! I work in the medical field and I can't recall any classes for radiation sickness or what a human being experiences during a nuclear blast. I've watched documentary interviews of locals in the Polygon and Japan and on a basic level the stories are essentially the same, but everyone experiences/articulates it differently.
Tian Hao Wang (16 hours ago)
Who even made this title, it's quite obvious.
Edward st.antoine (18 hours ago)
wow. btw all governments are murderous
Nate V (19 hours ago)
I think UFOs are aliens on a galactic tour of the stupidest species, and we are the main attraction.
Future Guy (20 hours ago)
What if you look at the flash are you blinded to what
Time Remap (1 day ago)
*"My God, What Have We Done?"* The immortal words of Captain Robert Lewis. The co-pilot of the Enola Gay B-29 bomber, which dropped the atomic bomb, Little Boy, on Hiroshima.
Samson David (1 day ago)
And this cowards kept quiet.
Samson David (1 day ago)
Ignorant veterans new nothing and you still think veterans are protecting you? They follow orders mindlessly or blindly.
Sovspot (1 day ago)
A nuclear explosion probably hurts, a lot.
Gerard Vinet (1 day ago)
Not only on humans, but imagine what it also did to the atmosphere and surroundings.And now we see what our planet looks like around us today.I imagine there must be a lot of big craters in the ground.Wait a minute , didn't our rotation lose our magnetic North , recently?
Bigga Winna Crapsa (1 day ago)
This narrator needs to learn what he's talking about: nuclear, not nukular.
JLPC13 (1 day ago)
Nightly 404 (1 day ago)
shit, that's a lot.
up lift (1 day ago)
Everything related to the wars governments fight is DISGRACEFUL
The Big Game Theory (2 days ago)
They are talking BS, you wont get hit by X-Rays, just ordinary light and therefore they couldnt see their bones. If they got hit by X-Rays they wouldve been burned to a crisp.
nose sauron (1 day ago)
+The Big Game Theory Okay, that doesnt mean that they werent hit by them, as your original comment implied. I think it was more likely that it was the light that allowed them to see their bones, but it is still possible, no, certain that they were hit by x rays.
The Big Game Theory (1 day ago)
+nose sauron Didnt you listen, X-Rays arent visible to the human eye, so you see nothing even if your hand was right before your eyes.
nose sauron (1 day ago)
+The Big Game Theory no duh, all i was saying is that it is possible that they were hit by a weak x ray, which allowed them to see there bones but not kill them. Just because they werent burned to a crisp doesnt mean they werent hit by a weak x ray.
The Big Game Theory (1 day ago)
+nose sauron Do you know how weak the X-Rays are they use in hospitals. Not worth mentioning in comparison to this one.
nose sauron (1 day ago)
Not necessarily, u get hit by x rays in the hospital, but u dont get crisped.
Guybrush Threepwood (2 days ago)
nukilar, nuke-ilar, new-killah, nucælear...? Vice "journalists" are always at the top of their game.
Uncle Ron (2 days ago)
Bad probably
Mo Chicke3n (2 days ago)
Wtf was the dude saying at 10:55😂😂
koolkill1231 (3 days ago)
Let that sink in they blew nukes in their faces then had them stand and watch the fall out as if everything was smooth
John Augsburger (3 days ago)
DLeCo (3 days ago)
I would be amazing to see one go off....
DLeCo (3 days ago)
Glad we made it before Ze Germanns ....BACK TO BACK WORLD WAR CHAMPS! USA USA USA
Realbadmanonroad (3 days ago)
Instead of war, the 2 Presidents/ leaders of the countries should have a boxing match and shake hands at the end of the fight, regardless of the winner. War is finished in 36 mins ( if they go 12 rounds) and nobody dies.
Ricardo Ramirez (4 days ago)
This is terrifying to just hear about, I don’t want to even imagine being in their boots. Heartbreaking
gtdrummerdude (4 days ago)
Mikael Watts (4 days ago)
TheCriticom (4 days ago)
Kind of like this Auhhhhuhhhuhhh eh.
MegaSnippezz (4 days ago)
Wow I was not expecting this when I clicked on it, what an incredible video, so unbelievablely interesting. I can't believe I've never heard of this before, just wow!! Respect to this brave men ❤️
Jace Henderson (4 days ago)
This makes me wanna experience myself but I feel like I shouldn’t because I don’t want the side effects. But even if I wanted to I couldn’t.
Lucas p (4 days ago)
That is actually very terrifying :(
big b (4 days ago)
I think perhaps USA lost more people than Japan because of nuclear testing. They polluted their land and sea more than Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Old time people rightly says who want to rule by sword they dies by sword. Please ban nuclear weapons, chemical etc weapons world wide. That's insane. We can short out problems even with our wars by discuss, adjust and adjusting with each other.
Omar Igram (4 days ago)
my dad was in that
Slappy Fistwad (5 days ago)
boring old lies
Abubakar Jahangir (5 days ago)
Just speechless. The only thing i wish now is to be able to make the world free of these destructive weapons.
Suresh Kumar (3 days ago)
Abubakar Jahangir no man it will never be happen
beat it (5 days ago)
How did they survive that?
Virender Kumar (5 days ago)
At the end human is not human anymore its sad that a human dont care about another being and use them as experiment toy they should be punished for doing this
Filippo’s Momma (5 days ago)
Voltage272 (5 days ago)
@11:12 this dude is so right.
Marcos Rodriguez (5 days ago)
Great video. Life is special , they will never get over that unfortunately but I’m glad we got to see it and hear it from them personally. Inspiration
Peter l. Asshole (5 days ago)
Robert (5 days ago)
Certainly more people should hear from guys like these. Their words are more powerful than than the camera footage.
Ed (5 days ago)
Lol. Everyone got a dose of radiation from the nuclear bombs tested. To this day, every human being around the world, has some amount of Strontium 90 in their bones and or teeth. This Strontium 90 came from the nukes tested by many nations. The most recent of wich, North Korea. Don't be scared, and learn to love the bomb. It's a part of each and every one of us.
Karim Amin (6 days ago)
How do you know what it feels like when anyone near would experience the 100% fatality move
Evan Wiger (6 days ago)
jesus christ
Siddy Kay (6 days ago)
One must also objectively realise that the very existence of such weapons has prevented potentially catastrophic direct conflicts between nations for decades. Take India and Pakistan for example. Despite the sheer mutual animosity, open conflict has been limited since they both developed nuclear weapons, mainly because both countries know that all out war would lead to nuclear weapons being used, and once the nuclear option is triggered, it would kickstart a death cycle throughout the world. Same goes for Western powers. This is why nuclear testing is limited now, and nuclear power is primarily used as a deterrent.
Marsournexthome2 (6 days ago)
WOW... The scary surreal thing is, nukes today are 50 to 100 times more powerful than the ones they experienced. If we are stupid enough to do this again, maybe humanity deserves its own destruction....
Bill Turner (6 days ago)
he's a bit deaf... yeah of course he is!
ALENTHEGAMER (6 days ago)
When spongebob drops the pie
Time- Binder (6 days ago)
Talk about the axis of Evil=United States-United Kingdom-Israel
never gone (6 days ago)
“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?” Jeremiah 17:9
Anna Hoitz (6 days ago)
I thought they were trying to kill something there.
Michael Solis (6 days ago)
Can you see the hearts of the politicians never trust a politician
Just Facts (6 days ago)
Once you sign up or drafted you are property of the military. They were soldiers in their duty.
JR 2020 (6 days ago)
disgraceful in every sense of the word
Sage (7 days ago)
Ah go-to love humanity give us the gift of harnessing the atom and the first thing we do is make bombs out of it. I'm surprised we aren't extinct yet
BARTETMEDIA (7 days ago)
What Does a Nuclear Bomb Explosion Feel Like? Your head got run over by a 5 Ton truck.
Emmanuel hernandez (7 days ago)
Show this to fox news
Matt199 (7 days ago)
That guys daughter was turning into a werewolf.
tom dick (7 days ago)
thank god we have Trump in office....liberals just want hate, violence and destruction.
Sal T (7 days ago)
PurrrmishunToDiez (7 days ago)
Those weren't nuke tests, they were trying to kill Kaijus Monarch program says so
Slaptrap398 (7 days ago)
To test such things on your own people is inhuman
Greg (1 day ago)
It's very very human. Study history.
mr. explain (7 days ago)
only one way to find out
nils holgerson (7 days ago)
it feels great
Johann Ertz (7 days ago)
This is why you never give any government your complete trust
A. Bishop (7 days ago)
Good morning! Vault-Tec calling! You see, Vault-Tec is the foremost builder of state of the art underground Fallout shelters. Vaults, if you will. Luxury accommodations, where you can wait out the horrors of nuclear devastation!
Im just Average (7 days ago)
Isn't it clear by now that governments don't have our interest at heart? Isn't it blindingly obvious that we are interchangable machines to them, or perhaps farm animals. Fuck them for doing this to these boys.
Reineke Fuchs (7 days ago)
very interesting documentary! but please, for the love of god, it is "nuclear", "Nuclear"! not nucular. why are some of these words so hard for some people. "Aluminium" for christ sakes.
Why Do You (8 days ago)
You wont feel it after you're dead.
ktucker147 (8 days ago)
That was a lot in just a 12 minute clip.
Giovanni Hernandez (8 days ago)
They were sent their to die
TOASTYCO. AV (8 days ago)
the human species is a walking ghost
Sheeplie (8 days ago)
Stop saying nuculer
Pintkonan (8 days ago)
this should be shown in schools all over the world.
alex Lightyear (8 days ago)
God bless these men an the men who died; who shouldn’t ever have had to do this
Salamander Fetus (8 days ago)
loss: | |i || |—
Michael Shelley (9 days ago)
i'm so sad right now for these men......i don't even have words
Chris Bautista (9 days ago)
Most of the videos I’ve watched they mention men being so afraid they call out for their mothers. It is just intriguing that some of us have a natural instinct to seek protection from our mothers, the ones that cares for us when we were young.
Echo (9 days ago)
"it feels like burnding" - Ralph Wiggum
ZleepyE♤ (9 days ago)
You could see bone. WTF
Zeivon Bradshaw (9 days ago)
When the strong and wise rule, the people prosper, when the weak and ignorant rule, they compensate their weakness with violence. Ghandi used his wisdom to rule his people, and when someone saw they lost control they shot him, using violence, which only made Ghandi's teachings more apparent. The weak and ignorant inherited the strength and wisdom of their forefathers, and as such never had to learn and endure as they did. Laziness, greed, and the overwhelming feeling of never amounting to anything but, The child of Greatness rather than Greatness itself. Don't spoil those who haven't earned it, or they will abuse everything you give them without sympathy. People like Ghandi, Martin Luther, Martin Luther King Jr, Abraham Lincoln, Nelson Mandela, Albert Einstein, Isaac Newton, Leonardo da Vinci, etcetera. Were not influential because they spread hate, but because they showed compassion, love of morality, and interest in people's collectiveness to reach a goal for the betterment of all man kind, not just their own. It's hard to love yourself, but it's even harder to see past yourself and take on what others are to afraid too do themselves, regardless on what you fear or love. They earned what they got because they worked for it, not because they were handed it. If you believe in something don't just believe, make it a reality. Don't hide behind weapons, blame others for your mistakes, blame others for something you could fix. If there's a problem, fix it, only the weak and arrogant shift the problem to someone else. Sadly in today's world, most of our leaders are weak and arrogant, never had to earn their way to victory, instead were given money so they could feel victory, but they know they are empty souls trapped within the confines of self pity, ignorance, and the overwhelming feeling of uncertainty. They may win their ways through speeches that other people wrote, but their facade waves thin, and their guilt lays with them as they die, no matter how many times they convince themselves they are in the right.
Alex Fitz (9 days ago)
"It was a sight to see; but I never want to see it again" That sticks with me for some reason
JustSomeCringyKid (9 days ago)
it gives you wither 3
Someone And something (9 days ago)
This is my worst fear...... 😖😖😖 this world is going crazy STOP TRUMP YOUR MAKING THIS COUNTRY GO SILENT TILL SOMEONE FINDS US AGAIN!!!!!
Allan Beaupré (9 days ago)
nu - CLE - ar
EL (9 days ago)
I was on a horse in about 1958. I survived the above ground Atomic bomb because my horse threw me in a 20 foot gulley. I was 8yrs old , I’m sterile and have thyroid gland damage. I saw the flash, the wind came, I hid under my horses belly as the ash covered everything! When I started back to the barn on this federal land my grandfather leased, I saw an eagle crash with its eyes burned out, I passed 500 head of Shorties sheep all dead! My grandfather had to go shoot my horse because of Radiation illness! This was near Dragerton Utah- now buried by a nuclear waste burial dump!!! The Federal Government took away my choice to have children! No help from anybody🇺🇸
+EL well....black can observe the radiotion and white deflect the radiotion Its a fact search ot
EL (4 days ago)
James Synegal MBA,MSHS, MPC,LPC James- What the hell does surviving an atomic blast have to do with being black? I guess you just needed to attack and comment on something! I’m not prejudice so take a hike!
Sorry you had to experience that but how do you think black folk feel? Right.
efsedita (9 days ago)
“Nucular”?? NUCULAR??!! 😝👌
Jake3110 (9 days ago)
Speak to Sgt. Paul Jackson from modern warfare lmao
Boris Mutante (9 days ago)
That Trump footage at the start is the most frightening thing I've seen today. I live in South America, governed by a disgusting excuse of a human being employed by that other orange human, and I know that this could be one of those sick, sad, twisted jokes that the universe sometimes plays, and we'll all die, or suffer horribly and then die, from it. "Wanna know how the world ended? Two hairless apes with control over the ones who can control the atom had an argument with each other..."
Robert Zota (8 days ago)
you are a big tard
Nick Molnar (9 days ago)
ill save you 12 min............ ITS HOT!
Benjamin Klein (9 days ago)
feels bad man
Watcher (9 days ago)
Aspern Park (10 days ago)
"I will never forgive the autorities for putting me in a such situation"
Chip Ward (10 days ago)
pure wow factor
DAPO Gorman (10 days ago)
This is truly heartbreaking

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