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Was the 2004 Tsunami the result of an underwater nuke test carried out by India?

No, it’s not the lazy fantasy of an overfed mind. It’s quite likely that the 2004 Tsunami that killed nearly 230,000 people across 14 countries on December 26, could have been an Indian underwater nuke test gone wrong. After all, history has witnessed such experiments were done during World War II, when the United States and New Zealand armies carried covert bomb-testing on the coast of New Zealand.

The tsunami strikes Ao Nang, Thailand.

The undersea earthquake triggered a series of tsunamis along the coasts of nations bordering the Indian Ocean, and flattened coastal communities with waves as tall as 100 feet. It was the third-largest earthquake in recorded history with the longest duration of faulting, between 8.3 and 10 minutes. Indonesia was the hardest-hit nation, followed by Sri Lanka, India, and Thailand.

So massive was the effect of the shake that it made planet Earth vibrate as much as 1 centimetre and sent tremors till the shores of Alaska. Also, it displaced the North Pole by 2.5 cm and increased the planet’s rotation a little. Subsequently, this effect decreased the length of the day by 2.68 microseconds.

Indonesian military unload victims of the tsunami in Banda Aceh, Indonesia.

Back in 1944, America and New Zealand had worked on a clandestine mission, Project Seal, to develop a bomb that could trigger a tsunami and wipe out a whole coastal area. In a bid to create a mass destruction weapon that could rival the Atom Bomb, both the nations carried about 3,700 explosions as tests.

The Al-Jazeera, resting its theory on this historic scientific experiment from the Wrold War II-era, pointed the needle of suspicion towards the US and India. Al-Jazeera stated that America was forewarned about an impending disaster but it didn’t do much to warn the South Asian countries.

Tsunami waves crash through houses at Maddampegama, Sri Lanka.

Apparently, the US Navy base in Diego Garcia, an island located in the Indian Ocean, was alerted in advance and the whole unit remained unharmed by the tsunami. The site alleges, America, who was working on a joint mission with India, was in the know about military testing of weapons that triggered the underwater earthquake.

In an interview to Al-Jazeera, Bart Bautisda, the chief of Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology refuted such allegations and asserted that there was no foul play, and the disaster was natural. Bautisda said such an explosion was impossible to make because the amount of energy required to create such tremors couldn’t be man-made.

Chennai’s Marina beach after tsunami waves hit the region.

Ten days after the tsunami had hit, Al-Osboa, an Egyptian magazine, claimed that the disaster could have been a possible secret Indian nuclear experiment. The magazine claimed that in a bid to outrace its arch enemy Pakistan in nuke matters, India carried out the underwater explosion test in collaboration with Israel and America.

The magazine claimed geologists had warned about holding nuke tests in the ‘the Fire Belt’ of the Indian Ocean in which the epicentre of the earthquake lies. The belt includes dangerous terrain that can move at anytime, without human intervention, Al-Osboa reported.

Like Bart Bautisda has reasoned, the oceanic nuke test theory seems like a far-fetched hypothesis, the rambling of a foreign voice. But if ever the allegations labelled against India come true, I wonder how we are going to answer to the world about killing 2.5 lakh people by merely conducting a sinister test.

About the author


Whether it’s women issues, politics or the paranormal, Rubi has an opinion on everything. Art and entertainment interest her, too. Hindu College alumni, she has written for The Hindustan Times and The Financial Express. Every now and then, she loves picking up her camera to capture life and its various shades.

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