TITLE

Bomb test stirs up fear in Nevada desert

AUTHOR(S)
Gerfin, Allison
PUB. DATE
May 2006
SOURCE
High Country News;5/29/2006, Vol. 38 Issue 10, p3
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article presents information related to Divine Strake, the planned detonation of a 700 ton pile of conventional explosives in Nevada to test how much power is needed to eliminate deeply buried targets. According to James Tegnelia of the United States Defense Threat Reduction Agency, the blast could launch a 10,000 foot high plume of dust over the Nevada Test Site in June 2006. Currently, Nevada and the neighboring regions are occupied by the downwinders, that is, the people who were exposed to radioactive fallout from nuclear testing during the Cold War. But, now, Utah's Senator Orrin Hatch R. and Republican Jim Matheson D., have given the assurance that the Divine Strake will not stir up the radioactive remnants of previous blasts, creating another generation of downwinders. Although Divine Strake is not a nuclear test, but it is hardly conventional. The pile of ammonium nitrate and fuel oil, roughly the size of five tractor-trailer loads, is 70 times more powerful than the largest conventional bomb in the United States. It may be small by nuclear standards, but any weapon of Divine Strake's magnitude would have to be nuclear.
ACCESSION #
21043724

 

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