The Conspiracy Theory Behind the Famous Disaster – Throughout history, especially in modern times, mankind has struggled to survive natural and man-made disasters. Often, conspiracy theories emerge and become the “spice” for these disasters.
1. The dropping of a nuclear bomb on Japan marked the beginning of the Cold War
On August 6 and August 9, 1945, the Americans dropped two nuclear bombs on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki respectively. Hundreds of thousands of people died in the disaster, most of them civilians. On August 15, 1945, Emperor Hirohito announced the surrender of Japan as well as the end of World War II.
Decades later, in 2005, two nuclear historians, Peter Kuznick and Mark Selden, decided to “scratch” this old wound. They also put forward a controversial theory which states that the bombings were deliberately carried out to start the Cold War, not to end World War II.
Furthermore, they say that the American president at the time, Harry Truman, wanted to show off his power to the Soviet Union and had therefore committed crimes against humanity. Kuznick and Selden also claim that another of Truman’s motives was to limit Soviet expansion in Asia. Kuznic, in particular, insisted that Japan surrendered because of the Soviet invasion following the nuclear fallout on its two cities, not because of the bombings themselves.
2. The sinking of the RMS Lusitania was engineered by Churchill
On May 7, 1915, a German U-boat attacked the British steamer Lusitania. The attack killed 1,195 people and sent the United States into World War I. Some believe that the Lusitania was being renovated to become a warship, although at that time it was still a passenger ship.
Launching from History, the German naval commander realized this, that the ship contained weapons transported from America to Europe. This also led them to declare war on neutral waters and attack Lusitania.
Over the years after the sinking of the Lusitania, several conspiracy theories emerged. This theory states that Winston Churchill engineered the accident to get America into war. Another theory is that Lusitania hid her name and purposely sailed towards the U-boat.
3. The devastating tsunami in 2004 aimed to improve the earth’s rotation
On December 26, 2004, the fault between the Burma Plate and the Indian Plate cracked which resulted in the Sumatra-Andaman earthquake around the Indian Ocean. This underwater earthquake had a magnitude of 9.1-9.3 on the Richter scale and caused a tsunami wave as high as 30 meters.
This disaster has killed more than 227,000 people in fourteen different countries. The furthest recorded deaths occurred at Rooi-Els, near Cape Town in South Africa. Just a dozen days later, conspiracy theorists began to suspect this event. They ask questions like, why did America deploy warships there given that there is no war in the region, and why did this “Boxing Day” tsunami occur exactly one year after the great earthquake in Iran in 2003?
Some people also believe that America is the mastermind behind the disaster. Meanwhile, another conspiracy theory states that the earthquake and tsunami aimed to improve the rotation of the earth or that the tsunami was actually triggered by a nuclear bomb left by World War II.
4. Israel wants to start a nuclear war by bombing Fukushima
On March 11, 2011, a powerful earthquake measuring 9.0 on the Richter scale devastated Japan’s main island, Honshu, causing tsunami waves as high as 10 meters. The tsunami also caused a nuclear explosion at the Fukushima power plant located along the coast.
In 2012, former US National Security Agency analyst Jim Stone stated that the Fukushima disaster was the Israeli government’s declaration of nuclear war. The theory, 9,000 words long, is that the Japanese earthquake was actually a nuclear strike from Israel to stop Japan from “giving” Iran uranium again. He also claimed that Israel was not happy with the cooperation between Japan and Iran in terms of nuclear technology.
5. The United States government can “create” a tornado
The Tornado Moore in 2013 was an EF5 “monster” that had released more energy than the atomic bomb that fell on Hiroshima City. Meteorologists estimate that the energy released by Moore’s tornado for 40 minutes is up to 600 times higher than the atomic bomb that devastated the Japanese city.
This tornado killed 24 people, injured 212, and caused $2 billion in damage. Shortly after, rumors began to circulate. Alex Jones of InfoWars said the US government was behind this “weather attack”. On his radio show, Jones claimed that, although he wasn’t 100 percent sure whether a “weather gun” had triggered Moore’s tornado, he wanted to warn his listeners that the American government had the technology to create and direct a tornado on its own territory.
6. Australia’s bushfires are caused by laser strikes
The bushfires in Australia only ended in May 2020, after thousands of homes, animals and large areas of forest were destroyed. According to data from Statista, 34 people died directly (417 from smoke poisoning) in the fires that started in June 2019.
Just like the other entries on this list, this fire has not escaped conspiracy theories. Many Australians believe that lasers and “smart bombs” have been used to start bushfires. They also believe that the reason behind the arson is connected to the global elite.
7. The Beirut explosion was caused by a nuclear bomb
An explosion rocked the Lebanese capital Beirut on August 4, 2020. According to the BBC, this explosion killed 190 people, injured 6500 and caused $15 billion worth of damage. It is said that this huge explosion, which was heard even as far as Cyprus, was caused by ammonium nitrate beneath the Beirut harbor.
Before long, conspiracy theories started flooding the internet. Some have claimed that this was no ordinary explosion, and that an American drone was connected to this event. Others believe the explosion was caused by a missile strike to plunge Lebanon into civil war. Another theory that is no less interesting is that it was Israeli fighter jets that caused the disaster. A viral social media post claimed that the explosion was caused by a nuclear bomb, given the mushroom cloud seen moments after the explosion.