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The Bikini Observations and Their Significance

Post in 'The Green Room' started by Joful, Aug 28, 2013.

  1. Joful

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    Bikini Observations and Their Significance
    by Haradan Pratt and Arthur van Dyck
    Official United States Scientific Observers

    I came across this interesting paper, while surfing a 1947 edition of Electrical Communication, looking for a particular paper. It discusses the testing of nuclear bombs, which took place at Bikini Island, 1946. Some of the recent threads here in the Green Room discussing nuclear power, leaking nuclear plants, and the effects of radiation, made me think some of you might find this historical perspective interesting. Of course, in 1946-47, they were just beginning to realize some of the dangers of radiation poisoning, etc.

    edit - I tried to upload the file (I had PDF'd just the pages of interest), but it was too large. You'll have to view it at this link. Sorry it is a large file.

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    We know a lot more now. There won't be any more open air testing, and the mistakes of Bikini (ignorance in regard to atom cross sections and their effects on potential payload) will never be repeated. People are still dying in coal mines to keep the lights on for the rest of us.

    That won't stop us from finding another way to kill ourselves. Have you guys seen the sun lately? It's hot!
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    95+ since Saturday here,99 past 2 days.100 on Friday if we're lucky it might be 85 on Labor Day.Gonna have to dig out my parka then.
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    My senior at work was a nuclear bomb tech in service in the 1950's, and knew some of the guys positioned as witnesses for some of the early tests in the 1940's. One guy said that they were told to cover their eyes with their hand, on queue, and that he could see the bones in his hand during the blast.
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    We had a couple of Ooops moments like that... Castle Bravo Expected to be 6MT. It went off at 15 :eek: One of the later tests Castle Romeo was off a similar amount - 11 vs. 4 predicted

    http://nuclearweaponarchive.org/Usa/Tests/Castle.html


    Lot of info at that link bout that "biggest bomb" also - The Tsar Bomba. Speaking of nasty effects, I wonder what happened to the aircrew that dropped it.
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    Whats interesting is that some of the islands are not even there anymore (below is nearby Eniwetak Atoll , site of Ivy Mike - the first H bomb)

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    And even stranger Bikini Atoll itself is now a tourist destination - there is a hotel there and its a popular diving spot to scuba on the ships that where sunk in the Hardtack tests.

    Meanwhile the native populations that where displaces still cant go back to their home island.
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    All I know is that when I hear a Western PA radio station doing their public advertising about the free radiation pill dispensing to residents in Beaver County, it scares the crap out of me.
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    Plenty of sites stating the crew chief (Major Durnovtsev) died in 1976, at age 53... but none I have found that state cause of death.

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