Explosions are tricky to measure. For one, what are the criteria? And most data on “blasts from the past” are speculation at best. Explosions, both natural and man-made, have caused awe and terror for centuries. And some even caused the extinction of life from earth.
Here I have compiled some of the most powerful explosions the world has ever seen. I hope you will like it and will find it informative.
Gamma ray bursts
Gamma ray bursts are the most powerful explosions known in the universe. GRB 090423 reached our world even from about 13 billion light-years in 2009. That explosion, which lasted just a little more than a second, released roughly 100 times more energy than our sun will release in its entire 10 billion year lifetime.
Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9
The K-T Extinction Impact Event
The Trinity Blast
The Halifax Explosion
The Texas City Disaster
A fire onboard the cargo ship SS Grandcamp docked at Texas City in 1947 detonated 2,300 tons of ammonium nitrate, a compound used in fertilizers and high explosives. The explosion blew two planes out of the sky and triggered a chain reaction that detonated nearby refineries as well as a neighboring cargo ship carrying another 1,000 tons of ammonium nitrate.