Re: Nevada Test Site Fallout

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Posted by Dezdan on March 04, 2002 at 11:45:11:

In Reply to: Re: Nevada Test Site Fallout posted by Guy on March 02, 2002 at 18:13:37:

Come on wind...Blow towards Utah!!!

Photo caption: On December 18, 1970, the Baneberry underground nuclear test at the Nevada Test Site released radioactivity to the atmosphere. Baneberry had a yield of ten kilotons (a kiloton is the equivalent of 1,000 tons of TNT). It was buried about 900 feet beneath the surface of Yucca Flat, near the northern boundary of the NTS. The radiation release, or venting, resulted in a cloud of radioactive dust about 10,000 feet above the surface. Levels of radioactivity measured off the Test Site were below radiation guidelines and posed no hazard to the public. Approximately 86 employees were exposed to radiation from Baneberry, but none received exposure that exceeded the guideline for radiation workers. Following Baneberry, new containment procedures were adopted to prevent a similar occurrence.

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