Powerful Solar Storm Likely Detonated Sea Mines During Vietnam War

On Aug. 4, 1972, the crew of a U.S. Task Force 77 aircraft flying near a naval minefield in the waters off Hon La observed 20 to 25 explosions over about 30 seconds. They also witnessed an additional 25 to 30 mud spots in the waters nearby. Destructor sea mines had been deployed here during Operation Pocket Money, a mining campaign launched in 1972 against principal North Vietnamese ports. There was no obvious reason why the mines should have detonated. But it has now emerged the U.S.

Powerful Solar Storm Likely Detonated Sea Mines During Vietnam War

On Aug. 4, 1972, the crew of a U.S. Task Force 77 aircraft flying near a naval minefield in the waters off Hon La observed 20 to 25 explosions over about 30 seconds. They also witnessed an additional ...

Fri 9 Nov 18 from Discover Magazine

Did solar eruptions detonate a minefield in the Vietnam War?

A declassified US Navy document records the apparently spontaneous explosion of as many as 30 marine mines. Geospatial scientist Brett Carter explains what might have happened. ...

Fri 9 Nov 18 from Cosmos Magazine

How massive solar eruptions 'probably' detonated dozens of US sea mines

An extraordinary account of the impact space weather had on military operations in Vietnam in 1972 was found buried in the US Navy archives, according to a newly published article in Space Weather.

Thu 8 Nov 18 from Phys.org

Massive Solar Eruptions 'Probably' Detonated Dozens of US Sea Mines in Vietnam War, Mon 12 Nov 18 from SPACE.com

That time a bunch of underwater mines exploded and the sun was the only suspect

Space Some serious space weather at play. On that day in 1972, over the course of 30 seconds, American troops flying near North Vietnam witnessed between 20 and 25 explosions ...

Tue 13 Nov 18 from Popular Science

Enormous solar storm caused hidden US bombs to detonate during the the Vietnam War

The Vietnam War may have been one of the most unpopular wars in U.S. history, but the massive solar event that took place in August 1972, towards the end of the war may have caused a greater ...

Mon 12 Nov 18 from FOXNews

A 1972 solar storm triggered a Vietnam War mystery

Tue 13 Nov 18 from Science Blog

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