Why dropping tungsten rods from orbit into the Earth was one of the US military's worst ideas
Little chronologies about project thor and magazine articles that try to explain how crazy the idea is
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Even crazier than the scientists who have managed to get funding for such crazy projects are the so-called journalists and pseudo-experts writing in the Oped columns who imagine such studies, whose feasibility has not even been officially proven and which are almost impossible in practice, as weapons of mass destruction and advocate pre-emptive strikes against 'rogue' regimes with them. I have chosen a example from the NYT, but they appeared in hundreds of newspapers and magazines. https://www.nytimes.com/2006/12/10/magazine/10section3a.t-9.html
From the 'claims' in @BHAN85
's opening post, to Thor, one of the dozens of crazy projects that gnawed the US treasury during the struggle against the Soviets, to applications that are now actively used on an industrial scale but technically unable to create more than mini earthquakes, all the things under the heading of 'artificial earthquakes and conspiracy theories' are sharing weaponizing idea as a method of pre-emptive strike by the same country's circles with surprising intensity.
So that's what I understand so far,
1. That with today's technology(even probably very very long time after), we will not be able to trigger the big breaks that need these extraordinary powers.
2. For decades, some governments, under the auspices of the Department of Defense, have conducted extensive research on the triggering of artificial earthquakes. Valuable outputs from some of these studies are used primarily in the hydrocarbon exploration and shale gas industries.
3. that once this technological threshold is crossed or achieved in these same countries, it could be used as a weapon and a 'clean' alternative to nuclear weapons.