How different is hydrogen bomb from atomic bomb?

The hydrogen bomb is the most powerful bomb and it represents the super power status of the five nations with the greatest nuclear capabilities: the US, Russia, France, the UK and China..

Hydrogen bombs are far more powerful than their atomic counterparts and the North Korea is so determined to break the power balance by testing a Hydrogen bomb.

According to Aljazeera, the technology of the hydrogen bomb is more sophisticated, and once attained, it is a greater threat. It can also be made small enough to fit on the head of an ICBM.

“Such a device could evaporate the entire city of New York completely – no one would stay alive,” Andrei Lankov, a professor of Korean studies at Kookmin University in Seoul, told Al Jazeera.

One major difference is in how both bombs are detonated. The atomic bombs work by fission which is a splitting of atom. Where as the more powerful Hydrogen bombs work by fusion which is the coming together of atoms, resulting in a more powerful and compact explosive power.

The outrage with the latest test by North Korea is that it presents a totally new challenge – They are now capable of wiping out whole cities once they find a way to deliver it via missiles.

If atomic bombs are mankind killers, Hydrogen bombs are planetary killers.


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