The GBU-43, otherwise known as the Mother of All Bombs, or MOAB unleashes a devastating fireball that incinerates and vaporizes anything within 300 feet when it first detonates.
In the milliseconds following the initial blast in Afghanistan, all the oxygen would have been sucked out of the tunnels and for hundreds of feet around, literally sucking the life out of ISIS terrorists, suffocating them as their lungs imploded.Then, in a flash the fiery shockwave would have blasted outwards at the speed of sound for up to a mile, causing huge concussive injuries to anyone caught in its path, leveling buildings and trees.Ears would have been left bleeding and internal organs battered by the staggering force of the blast.Anyone caught inside the tunnels would have been crushed as the force of 19,000 pounds of highly complex explosives caused them to collapse on the ISIS terrorists.
Anyone left alive would have been shocked and left in awe by the ferocity of the blast – the psychological scars staying with them forever. The blast also deafens all within a two-mile radius. Its frightening power was unleashed by the United States for the first time on Thursday when it was dropped on an ISIS camp in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar Province, in order to obliterate underground tunnels used by the terrorists.A crater left by the blast is believed to be more than 300 feet wide after it exploded just six feet above the ground. Anyone at the blast site was vaporized.
The energy released by the nearly 19,000 pounds of highly complex explosive, would have caused a barometric shock wave known as ‘overpressure’ that moves at the speed of sound away from ground zero.
Classed as a thermobaric bomb – ‘thermo’ for heat and ‘baric’ for pressure, the MOAB features a two stage detonation powered by H6 explosive which contains powdered aluminum.
The first blast detonates and spreads highly flammable aluminum dust and the second is the baric blast – which literally sucks the oxygen out from cave tunnels before rapidly becoming an expanding shock wave.
WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF A MOAB EXPLODED OVERTIMES SQUARE?
An explosion in the Afghan desert is one thing. To bring things closer to home, what would be the effect of a MOAB detonation on Times Square?
1: Laser guided and parachuted down onto the Crossroads of The World, the MOAB would technically explode as an airburst weapon, albeit from six-feet and not thousands, like a nuclear bomb.
The fireball radius would be 300-feet, incinerating every person and obliterating Times Square’s famous jumbotrons and billboards.
2: As the bomb ignites the aluminum dust and nearly 19,000 pounds of explosives a shock wave sucks the air from another 160-feet of prime Manhattan real estate and destroying Broadway. Concrete buildings are severely damaged and fatalities are also close to 100 percent here.
3: The dissipated air blast continues on for another 300-feet, damaging more residential buildings and causing injury to anyone caught up in the blast and more fatalities.
4: People up to 330-feet away from Ground Zero would suffer 3rd-degree burns and some would suffer the loss of their limbs.
The NukeMap estimates casualties for the blast to be 2,600 and injuries to be 2,380 – but at any one time there are up to 10,000 to 15,000 people in the center of Times Square, so these figures are conservative.