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Transit of Pressure Waves through New Zealand from the Soviet 50 Megaton Bomb Explosion


THE explosion of the Soviet 50 megaton bomb in the vicinity of Novaya Zemlya at approximately 0833 G.M.T. on October 30, 1961, produced pressure oscillations in the atmosphere that were recorded on barograms around the world in much the same manner as the pressure oscillations that followed the eruption of Krakatoa in 1883, when as many as seven passages of the wave-front between Krakatoa and its antipode were observed.1

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FARKAS, E. Transit of Pressure Waves through New Zealand from the Soviet 50 Megaton Bomb Explosion. Nature 193, 765–766 (1962).

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