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The Gulf is leaking 5 nuclear bombs a day

published, Jul 9, 2010 6:09am
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Like many people, I am saddened and distressed by the massive oil leak destroying the Gulf of Mexico, for a whole bunch of reasons.

As a child who grew up sketching mushroom clouds during the height of the cold war, I was intrigued when I came across this vid from the youtube, plotting the Nuclear explosions across the world last century.

created on: 07/09/10

I was and was staggered the number of devices popped was as high as 2053.

I wondered what the equivalent energy from these blasts would represent in terms of the oil gushing out from the seabed would be?  So here is some simple maths...

Some simple division has

  • 1 nuclear blast = 550,000 gallons of oil

Taking the British Petroleum company's worst estimate, 2.5 Million gallons per day

(experts have this much higher...)

That's about 5 nuclear blasts per day in the Gulf.

As of the 9th of July, 2010 they oil has been gushing for around 80 days.

That a total of 400 Nuclear blast equivalents.

It's also a kinda scary number.



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