The U.S. military detonated a bomb weighing more than 18 tons in the Atlantic Ocean to test its effects on surrounding ships.
The test took place 160 kilometers off the coast of Florida. The bomb was dropped in the ocean and detonated underwater. There was an aircraft carrier on the surface near the explosion site. The tests were to show what effect an explosion of such force would have on nearby ships.
At the time of the explosion, the U.S. Geological Survey recorded an earthquake of magnitude 3.9. It is noted that this is a normal phenomenon in tests of this kind, and it had no consequences for the coast.
The US Navy reported that the aircraft carrier withstood the test, showing its resistance to dropping such bombs and its effectiveness in combat.
The military also stressed that the tests met the environmental impact requirements and were conducted taking into account the migration paths of marine life in that area of the ocean.