A wave of super-tsunamis caused by a Russian nuke attack could ‘wipe out the West’, according to military media reports in Moscow.
The claims were made in the Russian military weekly-newspaper ‘Military Industrial Courier‘ in its latest issue which also feature Vladimir Putin on its front page.
According to the publication, Russia has the capability to blast the Snæfellsjökull volcano in Iceland with a thermonuclear weapon.
The paper says the attack on the 4,744ft peak would create a tsunami so large it could sink the American capital Washington DC.
In another bleak scenario, the paper claims Russia could also strike the island of Jan Mayen in the Arctic Ocean swamping western Europe.
But the article has been condemned by many experts in the main news outlets in Russia saying the proposals were scandalous, not based on scientific evidence and irresponsible.
The piece written by Choro Tukembayev, a professed “scientist and military expert”, suggests Washington would be destroyed due to the gulf stream running along the ocean between the city and Iceland.
He says the strike on Snæfellsjökull would be so powerful it would collapse the south-western side of the volcano and reversing the flow of the gulf stream to flood Washington.
It follows similar articles claiming a “guaranteed destruction of the United States” through nuclear attacks on the supervolcano in Yellowstone National Park and geological faults on the country’s Pacific coast.
Mr Tukembayev claims “the natural channel” running across the Atlantic “is similar to a wind tunnel”.
“At the entrance to which is a volcano. At the exit is Washington,” he added.
A similar massive tsunami could wash over Britain and the west of Europe which is “particularly vulnerable due to the relief of the ocean floor and tectonic activity”, Mr Tukembayev said.
The article then goes on to describe the “wrath of Thor” would be unleashed on Amsterdam – 1,350 miles away from Jan Mayen Island, which is controlled by Norway.
“There is a basin under the Norwegian Sea with a length of 1,020 kilometres (634 miles), ending on a shelf in the North Sea,” Tukembayev continued.
“Depths undergo a jump from 1,600m (5250 ft) to 94m (310 ft) on the line of the Faroe Islands to Trondheim.
“From here to Amsterdam (the distance is) 1,150km (715 miles).”
The ‘Military Industrial Courier’ has been used in the past by Russian defence chiefs to explain their ideas on modern warfare.
Leading hydrologist Yuri Dolotov criticised the article, saying: “This is complete nonsense from the geological point of view.
“The Gulf Stream is one enormously big flow of water.
“Even if the whole of that Icelandic volcano is thrown into the Gulf Stream, it will be like chucking a brick into the River Volga.”