What would happen to earth if we detonated a nuclear bomb in a deepest hole ever dug?

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  • 2 months ago
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    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.

  • Ludwig
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    2 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.

  • Tom
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    2 months ago

    Likely nothing significant.

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  • 2 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.

  • 2 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.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Underground nuclear tests can cause earthquakes. 

  • 2 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.

  • Zirp
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    2 months ago

    an earthquake

    and whatever is above the hole will get a dose of radiation and a shockwave

  • Elaine
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    2 months ago

    Look up the underground testing that was done in the 1950's. 

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