The United States successfully developed and, on a small scale, tested a “tsunami-bomb” capable of creating a wave that could wash out a small city, according to New Zealand-based author Ray Waru.
The writer and filmmaker reportedly discovered evidence that the research and testing was carried out in New Zealand in 1944, according to documents unearthed from the country’s national archives.
“Presumably if the atomic bomb had not worked as well as it did, we might have been tsunami-ing people,” Waru told The Telegraph.
The device would have worked by setting off 10 large explosions along the ocean floor about five miles off the coast, triggering a massive wave that would wash ashore with huge destructive force. It’s not clear why the project was shuttered or how effective the testing was, but the military reportedly canceled it in 1945.
Details about the bizarre weapon are part of a much larger book titled Secrets & Treasures, about Waru’s discoveries in the New Zealand government’s archives. He also turned up records of alleged UFO sightings, key historical documents and numerous letters, among other items of interest.
The revelation is one in a series of recent, startling historical finds about U.S. war planners. A report in November revealed that President Dwight D. Eisenhower considered a plan in 1959 that would have seen a nuclear weapon detonated on the moon to frighten the Soviet Union. The plan was reportedly scrapped at the pleading of astronomer Carl Sagan.
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