- “Presumably if the atomic bomb had not worked as well as it did,we might have been tsunami-ing people,” said Mr Wari.
The US and New Zealand conducted secret tests of a “tsunami bomb” designed to destroycoastal cities by using underwater blasts to create massive tidal waves. Carried out in the waters around New Caledonia & Auckland, the reports should awaken fencesitters not convinced the government had such technology. The timeframe until this was reported by mainstream press fits typical bureaucratic protocol for operations of such magnitude. The tests demonstrated that a series of ten large offshore blasts could potentially cause a 33-foot tsunami to destroy coastline.
Operation “Project Seal” has been top secret, and the device was a cousin of sorts to the nuclear bomb. Around 3,700 bombs were exploded during the tests, leading off in New Caledonia and later at Whangaparaoa Peninsula, in the vicinity of Auckland. The plans were uncovered during research by a New Zealand author and film-maker, Ray War, who was studying military files buried in the national archives.