What would happen to earth if we detonated a nuclear bomb in a deepest hole ever dug?
- JackolanternLv 71 month agoFavourite answer
The deepest place would be in Siberia's Bore Hole where Russian scientists bore a well just over 7 miles deep. If it were possible to place a nuclear bomb at that depth, it would cause a slight earthquake but little else. The earth would absorb the shock. And the farther down you detonate one, the less shock felt at the surface.
- LudwigLv 72 months ago
Nothing would happen to the earth.
- 2 months ago
The core would just get hotter, and it might have slight disruption to the magnetosphere, but nothing significant.
- TomLv 72 months ago
Likely nothing significant.
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- The_Doc_ManLv 72 months ago
The North Koreans detonated several nukes a couple of years ago. They managed to collapse a mountain and ruin their best nuclear test facility.
- Roger KLv 72 months ago
Not much. There have been many underground tests of nuclear weapons and there are minor earthquake like shock waves, but that's about it. There is very little "leakage" of anything to the surface.
The deeper the hole is, the less of anything would escape to the surface. Vibrations, shock waves could be magnified if there was a fault nearby, or diminished by virtue of the depth.
- Anonymous2 months ago
Underground nuclear tests can cause earthquakes.
- busterwasmycatLv 72 months ago
probably nothing apart from some relatively modest seismic vibrations ("noise"). The size of the bomb does matter a lot, but 12 km of overburden (mostly solid rock) will tend to keep the blast inside the earth. the usual effects to immediate surroundings ought to be expected. those immediate surroundings will lie several km below ground surface. Some leakage of blast through the insertion tunnel (borehole or whatever) is to be expected, of course.
- ZirpLv 72 months ago
and whatever is above the hole will get a dose of radiation and a shockwave
- ElaineLv 72 months ago
Look up the underground testing that was done in the 1950's.