By: Matt You and Evelyn Kao
The bombs were dropped in the sea off the eastern coast of Taiwan in a simulated attack on enemy ships seeking to reach the shore.
The MK-84, an American general-purpose bomb, is the most powerful in the MK-80 series and is highly destructive. With a nominal weight of 907.2 kilograms, it is nicknamed the hammer because of its considerable power.
On impact, the MK-84 can blow apart buildings and other structures. It can penetrate metal up to 38 centimeters and concrete up to 3.4 meters, depending on the height from which it is dropped, and it causes lethal fragmentation across a radius of 370m. [FULL STORY]