The Atom Bomb, Hydrogen Bomb, Nuclear Bomb

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It seems there is some confusion over these different types of bombs, the Atom, Hydrogen and Nuclear Bomb.


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Both the Atom and the Hydrogen bomb are in fact Nuclear Bombs, as their explosive energy comes from the nucleus of the atom, therefore a nuclear explosion.

Atom Bomb

The first A-bomb, (Atom Bomb) is a fission bomb, and had the power of about 20,000 tons of TNT.

Hydrogen Bomb

The H-bomb (Hydrogen bomb) is a fusion bomb and is normally called a thermonuclear bomb.


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The explosive energy comes from the fusion reaction between isotopes of hydrogen

The largest H Bomb so far has the power of about 50,000,000 tons of TNT. This is about 2,500 times the power of the first A Bomb.

The H-Bomb uses an Atomic explosion as its detonator.

Little Boy A-Bomb  Fat Man A-Bomb

The above, Little Boy and Fat Man, are the only TWO bombs of these types, that have EVER been used in action.

  • Little Boy used about 800 milligrams of uranium-235 in the bomb and exploded with the power of about 16,000 tons of TNT.
  • Fat Man used plutonium-239, and exploded with the power of about 21,000 tons of TNT.

At the peak of the Cold War it is estimated that there were about 70-80,000 Hydrogen Bombs available for use.

This has been trimmed down to the region of 30,000 following nuclear disarmament policies.


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