The video shows a recent nuclear bomb blast underwater.
A video purportedly featuring a nuclear bomb blast underwater recently surfaced online. The users have circulated the video after a wave of misinformation and conspiracy theories following the recent quakes hitting several regions.
Misbar investigated the claim and found it to be misleading. The video is outdated and does not show a recent nuclear bomb blast.
The Video Dates Back to 1958
The video features an American scientific experiment known as “Wahoo” conducted underwater using a nuclear bomb. The experiment was done on May 16, 1958 in the United States of America.
During the experiment known as the “Wahoo test,” the test conditions were met to allow the nuclear device to be detonated. Following the explosion underwater, a spray dome was created, reaching a height of 840 feet (260 m) after seven seconds.
According to reports, this test took place in the open ocean. It aims to study and analyze high-altitude nuclear tests to refine their detection while investigating defensive practices for combating ballistic missiles.
Other military websites confirmed the video was filmed during the Wahoo test in 1958.
Context of the Claim
The video went viral after a devastating earthquake struck Turkey and Syria earlier this month, causing significant damage and casualties. Later, another strong earthquake hit a remote region of Tajikistan bordering China.
These incidents triggered the spread of misinformation and conspiracy theories suggesting that the quake was caused by HAARP or extra-terrestrial interventions. Meanwhile, Misbar has devoted significant efforts to debunk several claims related to the disaster.