According to a new study, bombing raids during World War Two were so powerful; they send shockwaves through our planet’s atmosphere to the edge of space.
Massive bombs dropped by Allied force on European cities were devastating. Their destructive force was so massive; it weakened the electrified upper atmosphere–the ionosphere, 1,000 kilometers above the surface
Based on calculations, scientists found that each bombing raid released the energy of up to 300 lightning strikes.
“The images of neighborhoods across the European Continent reduced to rubble due to wartime air raids are a lasting reminder of the devastation that can be caused by man-made explosions. But the impact of these bombs way up in our planet’s atmosphere has never been understood until now,” said Chris Scott, Professor of Space and Atmospheric Physics.
The discovery was made after experts studied daily record from the Radio Research Station at Ditton Park, in the vicinity of Slough where routine inspections of Earth’s ionosphere were taken from 1933 to 1996–considered the ‘longest continuous set of ionospheric measurements in the world’ according to the study published in the journal Annales Geophysicae.
“It is astonishing to see how the ripples caused by man-made explosions can affect the edge of space. Each raid released the energy of at least 300 lightning strikes,” said Professor Scott.
“The sheer power involved has allowed us to quantify how events on the Earth’s surface can also affect the ionosphere,” added Professor Scott.
“The unprecedented power of these attacks has proved useful for scientists to gauge the impact such events can have hundreds of kilometers above the Earth, in addition to the devastation they caused on the ground.”