Extras I


Volcano explosions are nature’s nuclear explosions. Both types of phenomena show the same characteristics:

  • enormous output of energy: the eruption of Mt St Helens was said to be 10,000s times more powerful than the Hiroshima atomic bombing
  • molten material produced: lava is produced in volcanoes, and molten metal is seen in nuclear explosions. Apparently molten metal was seen during the clean-up of Ground Zero at the WTC. Molten metal flowed down channels like a “foundry”
  • meteorite-like formations are produced in both phenomena due to tremendous heat. In nuclear explosions, fused masses of concrete, glass and metal are seen
  • high temperatures are seen in both. In WTC, boots were in high demand because they kept melting even two weeks after the event; cars were toasted – the sides facing the WTC were burned more severely
  • blast forces knock down objects within a pressure radius; in the WTC attacks, vehicles were blown and knocked over, people felt a tremendous pressure knocking them over, glass was blown everywhere, 300 ton I-beams were flung like matchsticks by the blast force of the WTC explosions and skewered buildings some distance away
  • dustification: concrete building material and objects within the WTC buildings were vaporized in large quantities. Large quantity of dust is a notable feature of the WTC attacks. Ash covers a wide area around a volcano
  • voluminous clouds – mushroom clouds and surge clouds – are seen in both types of explosions
  • landscape is turned into a flattened moonscape by both phenomena

Videos – Volcanoes

Dark mushroom forming here

VIDEO: Massive Volcano Eruptions Caught on Camera-dark mushroom Dailymotion

Multiple mushrooms

VIDEO: Massive Volcano Eruptions Caught on Camera-many mushrooms Dailymotion

Long row of mushrooms and surge clouds

VIDEO: Massive Volcano Eruptions Caught on Camera-mushrooms-long-row Dailymotion

Volcano explosion 

VIDEO: Massive Volcano Eruptions Caught on Camera-dark one mountain Dailymotion

Mount Pinatubo 

VIDEO: Massive Volcano Eruptions Caught on Camera-Pinatubo Dailymotion

Pyroclastic flow

VIDEO: Massive Volcano Eruptions Caught on Camera-pyroclastic-flow Dailymotion

Volcano eruption – black explosion plume

VIDEO: Massive Volcano Eruptions Caught on Camera-black-one Dailymotion

Small mushroom cloud

VIDEO: Volcanoes – Best Of Explosive Eruptions In HD-small mushroom-looks-like-wtc  Dailymotion

North Tower – explosions, mushroom clouds, pyroclastic streams, dust clouds

VIDEO: North Tower – glow, second explosions, plume, steel core Dailymotion

GIF made from video above

North Tower - glow explosion.gif

North Tower exploding – close up 

VIDEO: North Tower Exploding-short Dailymotion

Volcano and North Tower side by side

VIDEO: North Tower and volcano mushroom clouds Dailymotion


GIF image from the video above comparing the explosion of a volcano and explosion of the North Tower

North Tower mushroom clouds and streamers and volcano eruption

VIDEO: North Tower and volcano exploding Dailymotion

GIF of volcano and WTC1 side by side


GIF made from the video above


GIF of North Tower exploding


Bright glow is seen. It’s so bright it’s blinding. This is due to the thermal energy released in nuclear explosions that is converted to radiant energy. The glow of a nuclear explosion has been described as “brighter than a thousand suns”.

Pyroclastic streamers are shooting out. Dustification is already proceeding even before objects and building materials hit the ground.

Mushroom clouds, some large, some small, are continuously produced, showing there was a series of explosions.

On top of the pyroclastic cloud, 30-ton I-beams are thrown like matchsticks from the tower laterally. The force of the explosion causes the I-beams to impale themselves into adjacent buildings some distance away.

A pancake collapse is straight downwards with negligible lateral forces. In atomic explosions, lateral force is exerted from the blast. The blast radius can be quite considerable in size.

Smoke from two distinct squibs that are halfway down from underneath the main line of collapse which moves downwards, can be seen shooting out from the tower. Other squib explosions can also be distinguished.


Surge clouds 

VIDEO: Surge clouds of volcano and Twin Tower Dailymotion

GIF made from video


Surge clouds of volcano on left and Twin Tower. Surge clouds are characteristic of above-ground nuclear explosions

Surge clouds of volcanoes and Twin Towers

VIDEO: Surge clouds of volcanoes and Twin Towers Dailymotion

GIF made from video above



Flattened moonscape

Both the WTC explosions and Mount St Helens’ volcanic explosions leave moonscapes.


Mount St Helens


Mount St Helens


Mount St Helens


Mount St Helens

This is what the firefighters saw a few hours after the collapse


CAPTION: “Photo by Christophe Agou. Firemen. In the first hours after the collapse, rescue workers formed long “bucket brigades” as they attempted to remove debris by hand.” IMAGE URL: http://americanhistory.si.edu/september11/images/large/151_702.jpg URL: http://americanhistory.si.edu/september11/collection/supporting.asp?ID=702


The exterior shell of the South Tower (Date of photo: Sept 11, 2001). URL: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:WTC-Wreckage-exterior_shell_of_south_tower.jpg


Overlooking the wreckage URL: http://byrev.org/photovideo/911-photos-wtc-2001-ground-zero-photos/

All that was left standing


New York, N.Y. (Sept. 13, 2001) — A New York City fire fighter looks up at what remains of the World Trade Center after its collapse during the Sept. 11 terrorist attack. U.S. Navy Photo by Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class Jim Watson. (RELEASED)  WTC-remnant highres.jpg URL:http://www.news.navy.mil/view_single.asp?id=1465


The wreckage after the Nagasaki bombing URL: https://href.li/?http://www1.city.nagasaki.nagasaki.jp/na-bomb/museum/m2-7e.html