Putins doomsday weapon Poseidon could drown cities with underwater nukes

As the conflict between Russia and Ukraine continues fears of a nuclear World War Three have skyrocketed spurred on by Russian President Vladimir Putin's ominous threats.

After invading Ukraine last week (February 24), the tyrannical despot warned that any country that tried to intervene would suffer "consequences never encountered in your history", but experts have said a nuclear WW3 isn't expected on the horizon despite the invasion.

Since then conversation has turned to the nuclear weapons Putin has at his disposal and one, in particular, is more terrifying than most.

It has long been rumoured that Russia's Poseidon underwater drone submarine is being equipped with nuclear-capable torpedoes powerful enough to drown entire cities with tsunamis, although the event of this happening is unlikely.

Russian media has reported that the Poseidon submarine could be armed with 2-megaton nuclear warhead tipped torpedoes.

The device – previously dubbed the Doomsday Machine – is warned capable of creating tsunamis as tall as 330 feet.

Russian sources previously claimed the Poseidon can hurtle under the sea at 70 knots – 80mph – at depths of over half a mile.

It has been designed to smash enemy naval bases and assure Putin’s dominance over the seas.

Russia’s president claimed the Poseidon will have “hardly any vulnerabilities” and said it would carry a “massive nuclear ordinance”.

He added: “There is simply nothing in the world capable of withstanding them.”

According to Naval News, the unique system is thankfully not yet ready to deploy however if it ever became active it would potentially alter the face of nuclear deterrence forever as the torpedoes are "possibly unstoppable."

Rex Richardson, a physicist, previously told Business Insider: "A well-placed nuclear weapon of yield in the range 20 MT to 50 MT near a sea coast could certainly couple enough energy to equal the 2011 tsunami, and perhaps much more.

"Taking advantage of the rising-sea-floor amplification effect, tsunami waves reaching 100 meters [330 feet] in height are possible.”

He added a weapon of this kind would also blow ocean sediment into the air, creating a radioactive dust cloud.

Richardson added: "Los Angeles or San Diego would be particularly vulnerable to fallout due to the prevailing onshore winds.”

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Underwater nuclear tests carried out in the 40s and 50s ejected plumes of water a mile high before they rained down in powerful shockwaves.

Warships placed nearby to test the nukes power were vaporised or thrown up into the air and sunk.

Explosions also triggered waves that flooded nearby islands, doubling the height of waves.

Russian government diagrams of the Poseidon’s underwater torpedoes suggest it could carry nuclear warheads as big as 50-megatons.

Russia’s current estimates for the size of the nuclear weapon used on the Poseidon are however much lower than these initial boasts.

This would make it as powerful as the Tsar Bomba, the largest nuke ever detonated.

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