Russia ‘can launch tsunami against US with nuclear bombs buried in ocean’
A retired Russian colonel has made outlandish claims that Moscow has planted nuclear missiles off the east coast of America that could trigger a tsunami if detonated.
The far-fetched plans were outlined by Viktor Baranetz, who claimed it was a response to the US building up its military along Russia’s borders.
“The Americans are deploying their tanks, airplanes and special forces battalions along the Russian border,” Mr Baranetz said in an interview with Russian paper Komsomolskaya Pravda .
“And we are quietly ‘seeding’ the US shoreline with nuclear ‘mole’ missiles. They dig themselves in and “sleep” until they are given the command…”
Any such tsunami would destroy cities such as New York and Miami.
The former official said Russia had to come up with an effective way to defend itself, while operating with a much smaller military budget than America.
“The US is the permanent ‘world champion’ in the size of its military budget – almost $600 billion (£500 million), which is 10 times more than Russia’s,” he explained.
“Russia will not compete with the US in defence expenditure. We are in a different weight class,” he said.
“For us, the main question is how to ensure Russia’s defence at a lower cost.
“I am sure that we have already found asymmetrical responses. I don’t see a big problem here.”
A Russian government spokesman dismissed Mr Baranetz’s claims. Calling them “strange”, he said the report should “not be taken seriously”, the Daily Mail reported.
Actually, I think this should be taken very seriously. We know that tsunami bombs have been tested since the WW2 years, and there is circumstantial evidence of testing and use of such weapons in recent years.
“Top-secret wartime experiments were conducted off the coast of Auckland to perfect a tidal wave bomb, declassified files reveal.
An Auckland University professor seconded to the Army set off a series of underwater explosions triggering mini-tidal waves at Whangaparaoa in 1944 and 1945.
Professor Thomas Leech’s work was considered so significant that United States defence chiefs said that if the project had been completed before the end of the war it could have played a role as effective as that of the atom bomb.
Details of the tsunami bomb, known as Project Seal, are contained in 53-year-old documents released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Papers stamped “top secret” show the US and British military were eager for Seal to be developed in the post-war years too. They even considered sending Professor Leech to Bikini Atoll to view the US nuclear tests and see if they had any application to his work.”
I do not think we should take “tsunami Bomb” claims lightly.