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Atomic Bomb Tests in Nevada


The Nevada National Security Site was the location of a countless nuclear tests beginning in the 50s.  The very first bomb was dropped on the 27th of January, 1951 when a 1 kiloton of TNT (4.2 TJ) bomb marked the test site open for business. Many of the iconic images of the nuclear era come from this testing ground.

During the 1950s, mushroom clouds broke the horizon as atmospheric tests could be seen from over 100 miles (160 km). The close by city of Las Vegas reported seismic effects whilst the town of St. George, Utah, copped the brunt from fallout carried by wind.

This footage depicts how complacent military personnel were during these tests. The soldiers simply waited in foxholes during the nuclear flash then watched the detonation first hand as the shockwave and dust passes over them. It goes without saying, these soldiers were exposed to very high levels of radiation.

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