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Jaw-dropping footage of a gigantic 18,143kg explosive being detonated next to a US Navy aircraft carrier has sparked fears for ocean life.
The huge explosion occurred in the Atlantic Ocean on June 18 next to the USS Gerald R. Ford as part of the “Full Ship Shock Trials”.
It was so powerful that the US Geological Survey registered the explosion as a 3.9 magnitude earthquake.
Footage posted by the US Navy’s social media accounts shows the sheer size of the detonation from all angles.
In one, presumably on board the aircraft carrier, a woman over a tannoy counts down to the explosion.
When it does erupt, a huge shockwave blasts the camera as the water turns white before it spouts into the sky.
Another clip shows just how close the explosion is to the ship.
After the footage was shared to Twitter, many viewers voiced concerns about the welfare of marine life within the vicinity.
"Please tell me that no whales were injured or killed during this explosion," one wrote.
Another commented: "That was my thoughts also. Not just whales. Fish swim bladders could rupture with this force."
But the Navy says the trials, conducted off the East Coast of the US, are being conducted with any impacts on the environment already considered.
“Ford’s shock trials are being conducted off the East Coast of the United States, within a narrow schedule that complies with environmental mitigation requirements, respecting known migration patterns of marine life in the test area,” a statement read.
“The Navy also has employed extensive protocols throughout FSST to ensure the safety of military and civilian personnel participating in the testing evolution.”
The USS Gerald R. Ford is the newest and most advances aircraft carrier in the Navy.
It will undergo six months of “modernisation, maintenance and repairs” before undergoing operational employment next year.
The tests came two days after US President Joe Biden met with Russian supremo Vladimir Putin for talks in Geneva.
Tensions have been high between the two countries in recent months thanks to Russia’s involvement in Ukraine as well as historic meddling in elections and overseas spying.
- Vladimir Putin
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