Re: Not too much coming out of Afghanistan1 week ago
The blast would have acted in several ways. First, It would have compressed the air in the cave and tunnels. That would have affected the upper area. Even with adequate ventilation, the air moving through it would have created damage, debris and areas of intense pressure. In certain areas it would have been so violent that anything soft would have been torn apart. Ears would pop, soft tissue damage would have occurred.
Second, the concussion would have acted on the land itself. Depending on where the bomb detonated in relation to the tunnels, upper and mid levels would have collapsed and the concussion would have killed anyone in those areas.
Third, anything flammable or explosive that was exposed may have exploded or caught fire. That would rob the areas below of oxygen. Like a mine collapse. The amount of dust moving around would have choked a number of people as well.
It is unlikely that it would have damaged or destroyed to the bottom, but damage would be significant. Many people would have died.
You don't have to take out the entire structure. Just select parts. Explosives was my business in the military. The reason the MOAB was selected was, in large measure, because of the overwhelming concussion that would have damaged or destroyed a good portion of what was inside. It will be necessary to crawl the area - if it is safe - to fully determine the total extent of the damage.
That is why the body count will increase.