Astonishing video shows what happens when a nuclear bomb is detonated underwater

This is the incredible moment a nuclear bomb was detonated underwater, immobilising ships within a 3.4-mile range.

The test, known as the Wahoo blast, was conducted in May, 1958 as a study to test the effects on ships in the vicinity when dropping a nuke into the sea.

Footage, recently posted onto YouTube channel Atomic Tests, shows a panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean just off Enewetak Atoll in the Marshall Islands.

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Three navy destroyers, a submarine, a mockup of a submarine and a merchant vessel are all positioned around the testing site to endure the blast and understand what the nuclear age could mean for naval warfare.

When the bomb is detonated, a spray dome is formed, reaching a height of 840ft within seven seconds.

And soon after, a second mushroom-like dome emerges within the first dome and creates a bigger impact on the sea.

Documents showed one of the target ships at 3.4 miles was directly hit by the shockwave.

The entire ship was vibrating and shaking violently.

A merchant marine ship, which was moored at 2,346ft away was immobilized due to shock damage to its main and auxiliary equipment while also suffering minor hull damage.

Nuclear weapons have weighed heavy over the minds of world leaders since their invention.

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Alex Wellerstein, a nuclear historian at the Stevens Institute of Technology, created a "nuke map" to show the devastating impact of the nuclear fallout if some of the most notorious bombs were to hit the city, as well as the number of people injured and likely casualties.

"Fat Man" is the Nagasaki bomb. The weapon killed 39,000 in August 1945. It was the second of the only two nuclear weapons ever used in warfare, the first being Little Boy. The level of destruction is bigger than its predecessor if dropped on London – 82,60 would be killed and 252,580 would be injured.

The blast range is fairly similar, although the outer reach just touches Kensington, Brixton and Whitechapel. You'd still be safer in Croydon, Fulham, Greenwich, Hackney and Walthamstow.

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