After several attempts to fix or clog up the Gulf oil spill all ending in failure, BP might have to use a last resort method that was first done in the former Soviet Union. This last resort involves detonating a nuclear bomb about a mile underground near the oil pipeline so that the pipeline collapses in on itself and seals off the oil.
As crazy as it sounds, it has worked in the past for the Soviet Union on five different occasions, and with the oil in the Gulf of Mexico now covering an area bigger than the size of Washington state, around 75,000 square miles, roughly 30% of the Gulf of Mexico, we need a solution fast.
When it was done in the old Soviet Union, a nuclear bomb that was about 1.5 times more powerful than the Hiroshima bomb, was buried about a mile underground near the gas pipeline. When it was set off, the blast compacted everything around it, and in turn forced the pipeline to collapse in on itself.
The Gulf oil well is also about a mile underground, but since it is underwater, as none of the Soviet wells were, there might be unknown consequences resulting from setting off a blast like this near the United States. And that’s not counting on the aftermath from the radiation of the blast. Some speculate that this will either be the answer to the leaking pipe, or perhaps it will cause some serious damage including possible tidal waves.