March 1st, 1954 - Radiation accident at U.S. atomic bomb test site


The Bikini Atoll is located in the Pacific Ocean and is part of the Marshall Islands. Since the 1940s the U.S. have been testing their nuclear weapons there, to determine their potential for destruction. On March 1st, 1954 the Castle Bravo hydrogen bomb was detonated, the most powerful bomb ever. After one minute the mushroom cloud was 15 km high and after six minutes reached an altitude of 40 km. Its diameter was over 100 kilometers. The flash of light could be seen as far as 4000 kilometers away. The inhabitants of the Bikini Atoll had agreed beforehand to be relocated to a neighboring island. But even there they were contaminated by the radioactive fallout. Many of them suffered burns or radiation sickness. Additionally, to this day the island is infertile and the people still dependent on external supplies.

Länge: 00:01:13 | O-Ton: nein | Farbe: s/w | Jahr: 1954 | Clip-ID: JHT000365E




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