By Marcus Brooks
The U.S. and New Zealand conducted top secret tests of what is being leaked as a “tsunami bomb of mass destruction, ” which key experts have stated was aimed at devastating coastal cities by using a series of underwater explosions that would result in massive tidal waves.
The tests, which were initially carried out around the waters of New Caledonia and Auckland during World War II, “showed that the weapon was feasible,” Britain’s Telegraph newspaper reported recently.
The paper said a series of 10 large offshore blasts were enough to potentially create a 3-foot tsunami that would be capable of swallowing a small city along a coastline.
This top secret operation, has been given the code name “Project Seal”, this Armageddon device has been touted to possible rival the nuclear bomb. About 3,700 bombs were exploded during the tests, first in New Caledonia and later at Whangaparaoa Peninsula, near Auckland.
The plans came to light during research by a New Zealand author and film-maker, Ray Waru, who painstakingly studied the military files buried in the national archives.
“Presumably if the atomic bomb had not worked as well as it did, we might have been tsunami-ing people,” said Mr Waru.
“It was absolutely astonishing. First that anyone would come up with the idea of developing a weapon of mass destruction based on a tsunami … and also that New Zealand seems to have successfully developed it to the degree that it might have worked.” The project was launched in June 1944 after a US naval officer, E A Gibson, noticed that blasting operations to clear coral reefs around Pacific islands sometimes produced a large wave, raising the possibility of creating a “tsunami bomb”.
Indeed four decades after both the countries conducted the joint testing on this project, New Zealand was facing a major breakdown in its close ties with the US after it banned the entry of nuclear-armed ships from entering its territory during the 1980s. This dispute eventually led to the US to negative downgrade its strategic ties with New Zealand from an “ally” to a “friend”.