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Operation Crossroads was a pair of nuclear weapon tests conducted by the United States at Bikini Atoll in mid They were the first nuclear weapon tests since Trinity in July , and the first detonations of nuclear devices since the atomic bombing of Nagasaki on August 9, The purpose of the tests was to investigate the effect of nuclear weapons on warships. The Crossroads tests were the first of many nuclear tests held in the Marshall Islands , and the first to be publicly announced beforehand and observed by an invited audience, including a large press corps.
How the Summer of Atomic Bomb Testing Turned the Bikini Into a Phenomenon
Bikini islanders still deal with fallout of US nuclear tests, more than 70 years later
The atoll's inhabitants were relocated in , after which the islands and lagoon were the site of 23 nuclear tests by the United States until Three families were resettled on Bikini island in , totaling about residents. But scientists found dangerously high levels of strontium in well water in May , and the residents were carrying abnormally high concentrations of caesium in their bodies. They were removed in The atoll is occasionally visited today by divers and a few scientists, and is occupied by a handful of caretakers.
Nuclear testing at Bikini Atoll
The Vatican formally decreed the design sinful, and several U. Instead, he hired nude dancer Micheline Bernardini to debut his creation at a resort-side beauty pageant on July 5, He packaged the mere thirty squares inches of fabric inside a matchbox. Federal law enacted in required that the same synthetics used for bathing-suit production be reserved for the production of parachutes and other frontline necessities.
Operation Crossroads, which had its first big event—the dropping of a nuclear bomb—on July 1, , was just the beginning of the nuclear testing that Bikini Atoll would be subjected to. When the first bomb of the tests dropped, it was the first time since the attacks on Japan that a nuclear weapon had been deployed. Here are three things you might not know about the infamous tests:. The test subjects were ghost ships full of animals.