[Physics] Reducing the Tsunami impact using Nuclear bombs

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I am a novice on this topic. However, I wonder if we use nuclear bombs against the tsunami, will it reduce the speed and impact of the tsunami. Is it possible to break the massive wall of waves using nuclear bombs? In other words, is it possible to create another opposite force which can neutralise/reduce the energy carried by Tsunami by creating an induced wave.

Best Answer

It's not likely to effect the tsunami very much.

On the open ocean (where you would want to use the bombs), the wave height is not very much, so the air blast from the bombs would blow over the wave. The bombs would also create their own waves which would pass through the tsunami wave.

Near to shore, the tsunami wave would increase in height. The bombs would have a greater effect, but would destroy what you are trying to protect. (ooops)

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