USA and New Zealand tested tsunami bombs during WWII

January 5, 2013 | Environment
Tsunami: waves of death

The United States and New Zealand tested a tsunami bomb that would be used to destroy coastal cities of the enemy, during World War II. These waves of death could reach 33 feet.

"Project Seal" was the code name for this top secret operation involving scientists and the armed forces of the USA and New Zealand. The bomb that could create a massive tsunami was an idea developed as an alternative to the nuclear blasts.

Ray Waru, a New Zealand filmmaker, discovered detailed plans in the middle of several hidden military files. In fact, he found out that About 3700 bombs were tested, in 1944, in New Caledonia and at the Whangaparaoa Peninsula.

"Presumably if the atomic bomb had not worked as well as it did, we might have been tsunami-ing people. It was absolutely astonishing," explains Waru to The Telegraph.

"Project Seal" designed a series of ten offshore blasts - with two kilograms of explosives - that would explode and build a powerful tsunami capable of destroying coastal cities.

"If you put it in a James Bond movie, it would be viewed as fantasy but it was a real thing. I only came across it because they were still vetting the report, so there it was sitting on somebody's desk," the filmmaker added.

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