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An atomic anniversary for the Bikini Atoll (pictures)
How Bikini Atoll Was Ruined By Castle Bravo And Operation Crossroads
Suspended 90 feet below the sea, anchored beneath an auxiliary craft in the midst of the target ghost fleet, the detonation of Test Baker marked the first-ever underwater nuclear explosion when the 23 kiloton device was detonated on July 25, , at the Bikini Atoll lagoon, Marshall Islands, in the Pacific Ocean. The device, which displaced 2 million tons of water, was the fifth of over 2, nuclear explosions conducted to date by the U. Only a few of the tests were underwater explosions, carried out primarily to research the impact to ships and submarines. Test Baker, and Test Able on July 1, , were part of "Operation Crossroads," a series of nuclear tests conducted during The massive project sought to answer questions about the effects of nuclear weapons on a fleet of ships and living animals. The operation involved 42, personnel, ships, airplanes, and the relocation of all residents from the Bikini Atoll. The Marshall Islands became quite familiar with the nuclear studies of the U.
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Wikimedia Commons The mushroom cloud from the Castle Bravo nuclear test blast at Bikini Atoll, which was 1, times more powerful than the bomb dropped over Hiroshima. March 1, The small population of the Pacific island chain — about 1, miles from Papua New Guinea, the nearest land mass of note — was free from the conflict of the outside world until the 20th century, when it served as a Japanese outpost during World War II.
July 25, - Photo of the first underwater test of a nuclear bomb, Bikini Atoll, Micronesia. Photocredit: Getty. Between and the atolls of the Marshall Islands in the Pacific Ocean were testing ground for the United States nuclear arsenal. The first bomb, called Able, was detonated July 25, , on Bikini Atoll.