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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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Bad Donkey (22 hours ago)
I know it's supposed to add drama but the camera constantly moving made me nauseous
Rocking Banana (2 days ago)
I saw that same scene in the Taco Bell bathroom
brice3011 (5 days ago)
Thank you for posting this video. It will stay with me for the rest of my life. Sadly those in power, who should heed this message, rather boast about the size of their button. Makes me think of Stanley Kubrick's "Doctor Strangelove"..
yt wolf (6 days ago)
Simple... sudden death
broomsterm (7 days ago)
Excuse me, Mr. Hern but you cannot see x-rays penetrating your hand. And your hand does not become transparent because x-rays have penetrated it. That said, I can certainly believe it was terrifying to see.
HAPPY PANDA (7 days ago)
I wanna experience it with like safety suit
0:27. Why does he sound like pewdiepie?
Nuclearpigz (9 days ago)
Honestly, I came here thinking "I wish I could see one" and so I wanted to hear what people had to say about it. I wanted to be able to envision what it would look like. And honestly, I don't think I want to anymore. This is really fucked up.
anthony black (10 days ago)
it would feel like your insides are being melted if you didn't die immediately you would most likely slowly and painfully die i imagine
EricTGK (10 days ago)
Why cant the world just be peaceful? Instead countries just want to start war and all, who thought of making a bomb this powerful? Its terrifying
Nuclearpigz (9 days ago)
Humans just don't operate like that. Nothing does. It is really unfortunate.
Halmeoni Ruth (10 days ago)
A crime against humanity! Shame on the US!
narcissist boxing (10 days ago)
long live the queen i guess
TBNX Gaming (12 days ago)
I always think and realize that we're fucked we will die in the next 30 years and it's the sad truth. But just try and imagine what these gentlemen went threw the bomb went off and u could see threw ur hands truly terrible and we have no hope maybe the distraction of everyone will some how lead to a brighter future
"fallen angel"
? (14 days ago)
It's "nuclear" as in nucleus. Why does presenter keep saying "nucular"? Reminds of of Homer Simpson.
ATLAS (14 days ago)
Hell bombs
M c k y e ! (15 days ago)
They really need to show this exact video in schools
gareth neill (16 days ago)
This is so so sad! The whole institution is corrupt. Vile vile vile! God bless those men ✌
Mako Deanderen (19 days ago)
Let me save you twelve minutes; *not very fucking good.*
laconja1 (19 days ago)
How could they do this to these men. This Horrible !!!! 🙏🙏🙏💔💔💔💔
Hala.f _99 (19 days ago)
So instead of talking to the Japanese victims who saw death and survived the terrorist bombing and who lost there houses and families and there lives in that tragedy that is caused by Americans, you are interviewing American soldiers to talk about the bombing that they cause ! Brilliant!
Franquiz (20 days ago)
Thanks from uruguay! Its amazing to remeber this part of our history, to know how violent and destructive our souls can be, if we don´t materialize our energy in good things to do insted of choosing hate and destruction.
Steven Morahan (20 days ago)
Once again, *TOTAL* betrayal by the cowards of the state. If our so-called leaders - or their offspring - were sent to *their* manufactured theatres of war, things would be very different. Great film, BTW.
Looks like the Radiation Hormesis made them live to 90s lol
*When you type “send nudes” but it autocorrects to “send nukes”*
Big Boss (18 days ago)
ForsaKen NeoN (22 days ago)
0:31 lets go! Wait I thought I hated donald
gbrown4x4 (23 days ago)
I can't even imagine sitting w/ your back to the blast eyes covered up and being able to see through all that as if looking at an xray !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!MIND BLOWING for me
Autumn Cook (23 days ago)
Divine Thoughts! (24 days ago)
But these are the scapegoats..they have no authority...what a pitty..!!
Divine Thoughts! (24 days ago)
most inhuman country and reliegous outfit is Usa and Jews...
Divine Thoughts! (24 days ago)
Whole world is stupid...they know that biggest evil and deveil is usa but whole world is behind this country dont know why???
Rylan Lobas (25 days ago)
These guys are the Heroes of our country reply to give big respects
LPurifiedSoulsL (25 days ago)
Omg I’m legit no sarcasm I’m sooo scared for world war 3
Cody Cly (25 days ago)
This is absurd...
Jazzy Ember (27 days ago)
Dear God Please Never Again!!!
Kelly Smith (27 days ago)
Is it me or did one of their eyes just glow
Etxei (27 days ago)
one of them says its disgraceful for the government to carry that out on it's own people, as if it was ok to do it on others....fucking animal.
np 1993 (29 days ago)
Using nuclear weapons a is war crime. There is no justification for nukes.
Anirudh Palombella (30 days ago)
I once thought only Nazi German and Japan use live human as experimental material. Well, instead, these countries used their own soldiers to do the experiment.
Horses in the Back (1 month ago)
They were kids...
Adam Devo (1 month ago)
Your government doesn't care about you. Only themselves.
Max Mustermann (1 month ago)
everyone knew this had happened but i never ever thought that these mn took it so bravly! im totally impressed by their behaviour. if goverment would take my balls and make it unable for me to have children, i would go nuts and try to take down them mofos. but, sadly it has to be done. ,.,. be prepared,.,.,. everthing can happen. military nowadays know how to handl nuclear bombs on sea, land and sky , maybe a lost wich have to be taken.
Haze H (1 month ago)
why do americans pronounce it "nucular"?
List of People I Hate: Kim Jong Un
Chenery (1 month ago)
this made me so sad.... poor poor people
Tyler Connell (1 month ago)
How can anyone morally join the the military after watching something like this?
lil praze (1 month ago)
omg this is so horrible. horribly wrong😡😡😡
Lil KX (1 month ago)
The Reason They See Through There Hand Is Because It’s Legit an X-ray! The Radiation and Brightness From The Blast Make It So You Can See Through Your Self!!!!!
FlamingBlaze GAMING (1 month ago)
They launch a ballistic powered Mega-Nuclear Missle that explodes quickly On the spot with High Explosion and radiation. IN WWII ALL the young heroic soldiers fight for the battle in World war and died 90's ago by the Nuke Detonation On Campaign.
ZomBxD.N.A (1 month ago)
Imagine looking at something so bright that even with your eyes closed you can see through your eyelids and see your bones through hand in front of you
The Purple Hawk (1 month ago)
This was extremely sobering. I had no idea people went through this in this way. These poor people, what a terrible thing they went through!
taracreator (1 month ago)
This is heartbreaking to hear, especially to see the hopelessnes, fear and frustration which is present in their eyes. Why would people do this to their own for terrible purposes... look what it did to them and their children
Ruben Gutierrez (1 month ago)
They are the anti-christ!
Exstacc (1 month ago)
One of my substitute teachers was a soldier who watched the nuclear explosions from a moderate distance and the sound was so loud that he needs hearing aids now.
Corrie Severin 77 (1 month ago)
Cancer was Rising....from the test ☢️☣️
Nigerian Nigger (1 month ago)
Mmmm yummy gamma radiation
Generation Isolation (1 month ago)
Isn't this just a prime example of karma?
LightByDie (1 month ago)
Japan knows :)
Mono Kendo (1 month ago)
Why they didnt use prisoners instead?
ChiefGwopp100 (1 month ago)
*Whether The Test Were To Blame Was Nearly In Impossible To Prove, But Amongst Vets & Their Families Anger Grew* ..
supreme ragdoll (1 month ago)
Didnt even need to make i video on it because the answer is it feels like death
MrVasa Lolster (1 month ago)
Considering that the idea of a nuclear bomb wasn't even a thing back then or any weapon that can achieve such level of destruction, no wonder grown men soldiers cried and wanting their mummies after experiencing and seeing this shit, cause that's the shit nightmares are made of, everyone would've done the same after that.
Espaço Ipiranga (1 month ago)
Can you imagine dropping two of those in surrended cities?!
Bryan Caceres (1 month ago)
Does this event have a name??
Trace zach daniels (1 month ago)
SO SHWEEEETTT...much love Tee with LIONS NAMED LEO.[the music worldwide} ...but really wars so bad such a waste..
Jayrie Bundage (1 month ago)
Where full video
Dan Rebeiz (1 month ago)
So many people up in arms and screaming bloody murder about social issues and politics. Let’s turn their attention to mass slaughter on a global scale. Nothing brings people together like the threat of extinction.
orionrei (1 month ago)
This makes me think if the government would actually be capable of doing an "inside job".
Iam Notevenanumber (13 days ago)
They sure can pull a big lie
J H Spain. (1 month ago)
God please forgive us for playing with the forbidden knowledge.
Ty (1 month ago)
Lmao the video after this is “how isis started” because of the word bomb being in the title
karaburmasuburb (1 month ago)
This is what usa and nato do on a regular basis. Nothing good came from the west. Hitler, AIDS, capitalism, GMO....you name it.
Bìānća Râe ッ (1 month ago)
How to survive a nuclear bomb: Hold a camera and record it, the camera person never dies.
LPurifiedSoulsL (25 days ago)
Holy Jesus your right
Tyler Kolaske (1 month ago)
ItsMini (1 month ago)
Nuclear... Not Nuculer
Stallion Disliker (1 month ago)
Never Trust the Government even your own Country Government. Thats why i will NEVER Go into the Army Ontill i see my President go to fight war with all the rest of men Then i will..
Steve Angervil (1 month ago)
Where are the sources on this?
John McGuire (1 month ago)
And here comes 5G
Austin Schultz (1 month ago)
This is just wrong. What these men wet through and are still going through. Just wrong.
Gavin Prater (1 month ago)
For how old these guys are tmost of them look good and are completely mentally there. Thats crazy
Yuri S (1 month ago)
We should probably test future weapons on politicians. See how they feel about it, and then perform medical experiments on them as well.
Iam Notevenanumber (13 days ago)
yeah. Or just take the generals. I think it would be a big slide towards a disarmament agenda!
Dennis Baxter (1 month ago)
This is why climate change, nothing to do with aerosols or recycling, no the governments of the world detonating nuclear bombs, on land, sea air, and in the atmosphere. Ever wonder how we got a massive hole in the ozone.
Ox Alek (2 months ago)
Pothead hipsters don’t have enough brain cells to form an informed position on nuclear weapons.
Kyle McW (2 months ago)
Imagine seeing with your own eyes just what Their eyes have seen! Seeing X-ray side affects through their eyelids! That’s just something you couldn’t imagine possible!.... & all the while it’s so very sad!
AnimeT0getherEU (2 months ago)
Its hard to make me cry, not even the death of my Grandfather made me, but i'm here crying for these poor people.
Shazzy is Asian (2 months ago)
Feels like me in bed Edit: commented this this before the video started
The voice J (1 month ago)
So bad in bed that you if finish your children are malformed and you both get cancer. That’s rough. Please... don’t try to practice.
redrum (2 months ago)
It feels like when you hit your ankle with a scooter 🛴
stalin did 9/11 (2 months ago)
And who is responsible for that? These people got away again.
AcousticOcean (2 months ago)
what blokes
CooingThatguy (2 months ago)
For some reason I’m getting reminded of fantastic mister fox why
Katie MOSS (2 months ago)
I had a dream that a nuclear bomb went off once and i was horrified even then. To be there in real life must be so horrific
EthaNERF (2 months ago)
Here sorry
EthaNERF (2 months ago)
Same hee
Theo_ VeVo (2 months ago)
It's crazy because they are British and the bombs were weaker than the american's bombs shit must be crazy for them.
Kilzer Cream (2 months ago)
Mytoast Isdone (2 months ago)
The fact that humans have created weapons of this caliber and still hold onto them to this day, just shows we are not capable of handling ourselves. It really makes me question the future of this species as a whole...
Cowboy Texas (2 months ago)
My question to the world, Why would anyone ever trust their government and military? People think I’m crazy for hating them so much , but here are these brave men who weren’t told anything and had a bomb dropped on them .... disgusting
Javier Dice (2 months ago)
Thomas k (2 months ago)
They did not see the X-ray of their arm, the light from the bomb was so intense, some of the light went through their arm like a stained window.
Auxreum XZX (2 months ago)
And now there are there is hydrogen bombs
Unknown unknown (2 months ago)
Gorverment should have gave them special suits to wear
Very Depressed Muffin (2 months ago)
Unknown unknown do you think they had they type of equipment? Do you think that would’ve worked the slightest. Here’s a easier question, do you think?
Dreameye (2 months ago)
Lol too bad I live in sweden

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