Slo-mo madness: see the explosion shockwave as it travels through the air at over 600 m/s

The guys at Earth Unplugged have made an interesting experiment: to see how fast an explosion shockwave would travel. As it turns out their experiments indicated a speed of over 600 meters per second, almost twice the speed of sound.

The explosion shockwave creates a compression wave and a sonic boom. If you were to ask why do people die in explosions, it is not only the area of the explosion (the space where you see the flames and the gas bursting) that kills you, it is also this very shockwave that goes through your body and ruptures everything inside you. Kaput.

So, stay clear of explosions. Maybe a cushion might help in the fight with explosions, though. 😀

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